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Hicks, Ada / Garment construction in schools
(1913)

Extracts from the report by the chief woman inspector on the teaching of needlework in public elementary schools, 1912,   pp. xv-xxii PDF (2.3 MB)


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EXTRACTS FROM EDUCATIONAL AUTHORITIES 
                   BOARD OF EDUCATION. 
EXTRACTS FROM THE REPORT BY THE CHIEF WOMAN INSPECTOR 
         ON THE TEACHING OF NEEDLEWORK IN PUBLIC ELE- 
         MENTARY SCHOOLS, 1912. 
    "i. It is now three years since the Board issued the Revised Suggestions
for the teaching of Needlework in Public Elementary Schools.... 
    "2. The chief points emphasised in the Suggestions may be briefly
sum- 
marised as follows: 
"A. APPARATUS. 
    " (I) Cutting-out and pattern-making should be regarded as of the
first 
importance in needlework instruction, and tables suitable for cutting-out
should be an essential part of the school equipment. 
    "(2) In order to gain more time for practice in making and mending,
the 
use of the sewing-machine should be taught to the elder girls who have acquired
a reasonable facility in handwork. 
"B. MATERIALS. 
    " (i) The material used by small children should always be soft
and easily 
worked, and the needles should be large enough to be handled properly. No
materials should be regarded as suitable which require a child to use her
energy 
in pushing the needle through the stuff instead of learning how to hold her
needle and form her stitch correctly. 
    "(2) Throughout the school children should, as far as possible,
use such 
material for garments as they require in their own homes. They should 
acquire gradually a useful working knowledge of quantities and prices. It
follows naturally that the choice of materials should vary according to the
needs and customs of the district in which the school is situated. 
   G.C.                             b 
XV 


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