Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. W. H. Thompson

Second Advisor

Dr. Frank H. Gorman

Third Advisor

Dr. Leslie N. Garlough

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Avery L. Stephens


The vocational education of the present day is a modern substitute for an essential part of medieval apprenticeship -- that part which can be taken over by the school. It must not be forgotten that times have changed and that apprenticeship, as it existed in England from the thirteenth to the nineteenth century, would be utterly out of place in a majority of modern occupations. On the other hand, the system was, in its time, a success; for no institution could have lasted as long as this did unless it had met certain vital societal needs. To a very large extent, present-day problems in vocational education arise because of the various interpretations of the part which can advantageously be taken over by the school and that which still belongs to the industry, the business, or the home.


Thesis Submitted In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts in the Department of Education of the Municipal University of Omaha. Copyright Francis M. Hurst, 1951

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