An analysis of selected program outcomes in the industrial arts education project : Occupational Versatility Public Deposited

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  • Purpose of the Study The purpose of this study was to determine if eighth grade students taking industrial arts education for the first time would experience a significant shift in beliefs about the problem solving process and have class performance altered by participation in project Occupational Versatility. In order to accomplish this, the following procedures were considered. Procedures The design for this investigation was a variation of the experimental four-group design utilizing a pre-test and post-test. The treatment for this experimental study was project Occupational Versatility, which is an individualized industrial arts education program. The Childhood Attitude Inventory for Problem Solving was used to establish and assess whether there was a shift in beliefs about the problem solving process. A five point rating scale was used to verify a significant shift in class performance in terms of self-sufficiency, productivity and adaptability. The statistical treatments used to analyze the measured results were the One Way Analysis of Variance and the Pearson Product-Moment correlation coefficient. The following basic conclusions were drawn from the data obtained in this study. 1. There was a difference in the students' beliefs about the problem solving process and class performance between the combined treatment and the combined control group, in regard to all factors. This shift in beliefs about problem solving and class performance was attributed to the treatment group's participation in project Occupational Versatility. 2. There was a significant relationship at post-test in the students' class performance and problem solving beliefs, within the combined treatment group and within the combined control group. However, within the combined control group, these factors are not as highly related. Recommendations On the basis of the findings and conclusions drawn in this study, it is recommended that: 1. A realistic problem solving ability instrument be developed based upon the four technology approach of power, electricity, materials processes and graphic communications. This performance test should be basic and general to all four areas and should be developed to be utilized for assessing actual problem solving ability of junior high school students. 2. Occupational Versatility should be given consideration as an approach for accomplishing the broad educational goals of industrial arts.
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