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Basing Work in Industrial Arts on the Construction of a New Building

by Kenneth V. Carman - 1916

Introductory. From his work as a student at Teachers College, Mr. Carman came to have abundant faith in a readjustment of school work, giving it a more vital relationship to problems of daily life. In basing the larger portion of a year’s work in industrial arts upon the erection of a new high school building, he has given a practical demonstration in the enrichment of school work by deriving its motives from community activities. By centering his own work about the problems of the new building he also raised questions for nearly every other department of the School. Cooperation among teachers came as the most natural thing. Physics, chemistry, mathematics, drawing, geography, English— all came to be, in part, aspects of an important industrial-social activity. By starting with community activities and coming through these to see the identities between the daily problems of life and the school subjects, the missing link in the educative process is supplied. Mr. Carman’s successful experiment should stimulate other teachers to similar effort and bring encouragement to them.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 17 Number 3, 1916, p. 247-262
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 6295, Date Accessed: 8/13/2020 10:27:22 PM

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