ERIC Number: ED115794
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
An Empirical Determination of Tasks Essential to Successful Performance as a Retail Lawn and Garden Center Equipment Mechanic (Small Engine Mechanic). Determination of a Common Core of Basic Skills in Agribusiness and Natural Resources.
Edwards, Thomas W.; And Others
To improve vocational educational programs in agriculture, occupational information on a common core of basic skills within the occupational area of the retail lawn and garden center mechanic is presented in the revised task inventory survey. The purpose of the occupational survey was to identify a common core of basic skills which are performed and are essential for success in the occupation. Objectives were accomplished by constructing an initial task inventory to identify duty areas and task statements for the occupation. The initial task inventory was reviewed by consultants in the field and 258 tasks were identified. A random sample of 74 lawn and garden centers offering equipment repair services was obtained. Data were collected utilizing employer and employee questionnaires. Fifteen questionnaires were returned of which 13 were usable. A compilation of basic sample background information is presented on the size of a retail lawn and garden center, total work experience, employment at current job, and preparation as a retail lawn and garden center equipment mechanic. A compilation of duty areas of work performed and work essential for the occupation is given. Percentage performance by incumbent workers and the average level of importance of specific task statements are presented in tabular form. (Author/EC)
Descriptors: Agribusiness, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Machinery Occupations, Agricultural Skills, Job Analysis, Job Skills, Occupational Information, Occupational Surveys, Off Farm Agricultural Occupations, Ornamental Horticulture Occupations, Service Workers, Tables (Data), Task Analysis, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Dept. of Agricultural Education.; Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Research Foundation.