General Studies

General Studies

A First Handbook for Technical Students

1st Edition - January 1, 1965

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  • Author: Ian J. Finch
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483180786

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General Studies: A First Handbook for Technical Students deals with liberal, general, social and English studies. This handbook narrates the author's reminiscences of childhood in a large Welsh industrial town at the beginning of the Great War, about his grandpa, his first day in school, and the time when he takes his eleven plus test. At Technical College, he studies mathematics, Workshop Technology, and attends further studies to become a qualified technician. He explains how not to get lost in a library and recommends some books that are well worth reading. He finds a job when he reaches 15 years of age as an apprentice at the Pirelli plant at Burton. In his job, he becomes aware of the possibilities of accidents and discusses the major responsibilities an employer has toward his employees. He also explains what effective communication is, and how to use technical description and explanations. He writes about the impact of the ""goggle box"" or television, the miracle of newspaper publishing, as well as the problems of the younger generation. General readers who like autobiography with a mixture of humor and personal philosophies will find this book entertaining.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgment


    Chapter 1 Writing About One's Self

    Reminiscences of Childhood

    Granpa and the Pipe

    Teacher's Flowers

    A Day I'll Remember

    Chapter 2 Further Education

    "There Ain't no Exam in it"

    Cold Comfort for the Teenage Technician

    Chapter 3 Library Workshop

    "All them Books . . ."

    Finding Your Way round the Library

    Finding out Information

    Types of Books in Reference Sections

    Exercises on General Reference Books

    Library Projects: Exercises

    Some Books that are well worth Reading

    Chapter 4 Out to Work

    "Gerrout An' Look for a Job"

    Background to Apprenticeship

    "Our Works"

    Other People's Jobs

    Chapter 5 Accidents at Work

    Accidents to Young Persons

    Responsibility for Industrial Accidents

    General Exercises

    Chapter 6 Effective Communication

    Wimpling the Gimmer

    Hazards of Description

    Technical Descriptions

    Explanations and Descriptions

    An Example: Why Smash Atoms?

    Chapter 7 Consumers in the Sixties

    The Pluggers and the Suckers


    Hire Purchase

    Safety Standards

    Analysis of Advertisements

    Further Reading List

    Chapter 8 Cigarettes and self Destruction

    Growth of a Habit

    Room to Doubt

    How does Smoking Cause Cancer?

    The Verdict on Cigarettes

    Chapter 9 For Better, for Worse

    The Impact of the "Goggle Box"

    Seven Years of T.V. Commercials

    For and Against

    Pilkington in Perspective

    Chapter 10 The Power of the Press

    The Daily Miracle

    Thirty Million Newspapers

    "What's in Today's Paper?"

    The Battle for Circulation

    Chapter 11 A Problem Generation?

    Influence and Affluence

    The Mixed-up Kids

    Other's Opinions

    As Eve Spoke to her Daughter


    Appendix: Training in Industry

Product details

  • No. of pages: 168
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1966
  • Published: January 1, 1965
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483180786

About the Author

Ian J. Finch

About the Editors

D. F. Bratchell

E. F. Candlin

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