Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Lee Jones, L.T. Smith, Finley Grise

Degree Program

School of Teacher Education

Degree Type

Master of Arts


Rating in its many forms and phases seems to be recognized as an integral part of standard classroom procedure. Industrial arts is one of the fields in which there is a great need for the application of the best known principles and procedures in educational measurement. Industrial arts teachers and supervisors need reliable measuring instruments and methods in order to give better educational guidance, to evaluate personality traits, to motivate learning, to study the effectiveness of teaching materials and methods, and to measure pupil progress more accurately through the establishment of more definite standards of performance and through the diagnosis of pupil difficulty. Scientific test construction and interpretation may be applied to the measurement problems of the shop and the drafting room when modified in the light of special needs.

There has been a growth of interest in tests and measurements in recent years. The last century has produced many scientific investigations in the curricular aspects of these special subjects, on which have been built the modern practices of teaching.

This thesis is intended to fit into the program. It is organized so as to bring to the attention of the shop teacher and to students in training a simple and practical discussion of the essential principles of educational shop and drawing courses. In addition to the above functions this thesis is planned to stimulate a renewed interest in the most adequate evaluation of student achievement. It brings together and evaluates some of the most important contributions to measurement in industrial arts. It is earnestly hoped that it may stimulate further interest along these lines.


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