ERIC Number: ED155356
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Conceptualization of a Practical Arts Program Component for Junior High/Middle School Youth.
Ray, Willis E.
Since schools seem to exist for the purpose of preparing students for more schooling rather than assisting youth to cope effectively with life problems, schools should be reorganized to include a large segment of practical arts experience that provides both a broadening and humanizing effect as well as to allow for the development of the individual as a self-sufficient, intelligent, and productive citizen in a highly complex, technological society. Based on this position, a developmental effort was proposed to (1) build a rationale for a practical arts component of the junior high/middle school curriculum and (2) outline a school program of practical arts related to the fields of agriculture, home and family living, health, industry, business and office, and distribution. The activities included the development of a position paper stating the underlying philosophy of practical arts education, and the projection of a detailed plan to deliver a modern practical arts program. Selected formative and summative evaluation techniques were employed to assess the adequacy of the underlying rationale for the program and of the structure of the program. Selected leaders in education assisted in this assessment. The program rationale that resulted is intended to provide a blueprint for major redesign of schooling in the United States. (Appendixes contain numerous materials, including the position paper, program objectives by area, and other related matters.) (Author/BM)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Business Education, Curriculum Development, Distributive Education, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Health Education, Home Economics Education, Industrial Arts, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Practical Arts
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Research Foundation.
Note: Appendixes A-I removed as non-essential information