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Graduate Research


Master of Science

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Excerpt: "This study was undertaken to determine what types of jobs were performed about the home with the tools and equipment possessed by each householder. It is also an attempt to determine what influence previous industrial education would have on the number of tools possessed and the number of jobs performed. Further, the study will attempt to justify the practical applications which may be derived from the teaching of a course in home mechanics, especially from the estimated savings, and personal satisfaction from doing or making home improvements themselves. A personal survey was made of the Negro homes in Pittsburg, Kansas, for the tools possessed and jobs performed. Photographs were taken to show evidence of tools and equipment, and some of the major improvements which they had performed. [...] It seems apparent that industrial education does have a direct bearing on the types of jobs performed and could play a vital role in home life, by preparing boys and girls in a course based upon the findings of this study."