ERIC Number: ED540979
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1918
Reference Count: N/A
Agricultural Instruction in the High Schools of Six Eastern States. Bulletin, 1918, No. 3
Lane, C. H.
Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior
This report is a result of a cooperative agreement between the Bureau of Education of the Department of the Interior and the States Relations Service of the Department of Agriculture. The study included in this report was undertaken with a view to determining the character of instruction in agriculture in certain high schools in eastern States and the methods of administration. General returns are given for the classroom, the laboratory, and in the adoption of home and school projects. The returns are based upon information obtained from teachers of agriculture in the States visited, supplemented by reports from students, by questionnaire, and by personal visit. For the classroom, highlighted findings include: (1) The use of textbooks was regular in some, usually in all, of the agricultural subjects; and (2) In 73 schools, recitation was the major method of procedure in the classroom. For the laboratory, highlighted findings include: (1) The amount of time given to testing milk is very variable; and (2) In farm management, laboratory work consists almost wholly in the working of problems in cost accounting, planning of rotations, and mapping of farms and buildings. For the method of outdoor work, highlighted findings include: (1) The home project plan of instruction was followed at every school visited; and (2) In all these schools observation is accompanied by or subordinated to practice in agricultural processes; that is, students do not only witness the processes of spraying, pruning, judging of live stock, selection of seed, working of farm machinery, and the like, but usually after a demonstration by the teacher take part in such activities themselves, not often enough to attain any marked efficiency, but sufficient to get a first-hand acquaintance with the nature of the work. The State reports provided in this bulletin (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont) will give a more adequate idea in detail as to the method of administration and follow-up work in agricultural instruction. (Contains 6 footnotes and 7 figures.) [Best copy available has been provided.]
Descriptors: Accounting, Agricultural Education, Teaching Methods, Agriculture, Farm Management, Laboratories, High School Students, Textbooks, Student Projects, Questionnaires, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Animal Husbandry, Observation
Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Education (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; Pennsylvania; Vermont