Building Carpentry into Nevada's Secondary Curriculum, One Nail at a Time
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Type of Work140 p.
ProgramMA in Historic Preservation
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career and technical education
skilled building trades
Nevada's public school system
Historic preservation -- Theses
Carpentry -- Public schools
Building trades -- Public schools
Education, Secondary -- Nevada
In order to practice historic preservation, one must possess the skills and the know-how to do so. This thesis research examines the possibility of implementing the building skill of carpentry into secondary education in the public school system at a time when there is a decline in the building trade professions. The focus is on vocational education in secondary education in Nevada and the surrounding states and examines why carpentry and the skilled building trades are important. Shifts to national standard-based curriculum and how this affects vocational education is also explored. The thesis research includes a survey of educators, state-licensed building contractors, and students to gain their opinions and perceptionson six areas pertinent to the issues related to the need for the skilled building trades, specifically carpentry. The hypothesis for this research centers on three areas: 1. If carpentry were added to secondary education, would it provide a student with a life skill? 2. Would carpentry help reduce the high school drop-out rate? 3. Would carpentry contribute to the state’s work force? The findings from this research demonstrate the need and the desire for the education in the building skill of carpentry to be added to the curriculum in secondary education in Nevada’s public school system.