Date of Award

Summer 8-1-1964

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

George L. Sogge

Second Advisor

Stanley A. Dudley

Third Advisor

Dohn A. Miller


This study was undertaken to determine if the mentally handicapped child's achievements are higher in subjects and material that are concrete and realistic in nature to the child, rather than the so-called academic subjects based primarily on abstract thinking. Traditionally, most schools have special education classes only in three major academic areas, mathematics, social studies and English. More often than not, these subjects are taught on an academic bases. Industrial arts could be an answer in the search for a suitable curriculum arrangement. Basically the subject matter content and requirements of industrial arts courses are realistic and concrete in nature, which is the fundamental foundation in teaching the mentally handicapped.