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ERIC Number: EJ1122311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1042-0541
Laboratory Safety Needs of Kentucky School-Based Agricultural Mechanics Teachers
Saucier, P. Ryan; Vincent, Stacy K.; Anderson, Ryan G.
Journal of Agricultural Education, v55 n2 p184-200 2014
The frequency and severity of accidents that occur in the agricultural mechanics laboratory can be reduced when these facilities are managed by educators who are competent in the area of laboratory safety and facility management (McKim & Saucier, 2011). To ensure teachers are technically competent and prepared to manage an agricultural mechanics laboratory, teacher educators and state supervisory staff must provide a comprehensive pre-service education and professional development opportunities in the area of agricultural mechanics that improve teacher retention, program continuity, and ensure a future supply of fully qualified and highly motivated teachers (Osborne, 2007; Saucier, Terry, & Schumacher, 2009). In this study, data were collected with a web-based questionnaire designed to determine Kentucky agriculture teachers' perceptions of the importance of 14 agricultural mechanics laboratory safety competencies and their self-assessed ability to perform those competencies. The Borich (1980) Needs Assessment Model was used to assess these teachers' needs. Researchers found subjects were in need of continuing education in the area of laboratory safety. To improve teachers competence, educators should receive professional development through technical workshops, winter and summer conferences, and via webinars (Barrick, Ladewig, & Hedges, 1983; Birkenholz & Harbstreit, 1987; McKim & Saucier, 2011; Saucier, et al., 2009).
American Association for Agricultural Education. P.O. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky
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