ERIC Number: ED115818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
An Empirical Determination of Tasks Essential to Successful Performance as a Chemical Applicator. Determination of a Common Core of Basic Skills in Agribusiness and Natural Resources.
Miller, Daniel R.; And Others
To improve vocational educational programs in agriculture, occupational information on a common core of basic skills within the occupational area of the chemical applicator 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 199 tasks were identified. A random sample of 75 businesses applying chemicals for agricultural purposes based on the 1975 Ohio Pesticide Applicators and Operators directory was obtained. Data were collected utilizing employer and employee questionnaires. Fifty questionnaires were returned of which 47 were usable. A compilation of basic sample background information is presented on size of business, total work experience, employment at current job, and preparation as a chemical applicator. 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)
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.