ERIC Number: EJ1172943
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
A Cross-Sectional Analysis of the Importance of Agricultural Mechanics Skills Taught
Rasty, John R.; Anderson, Ryan G.
Career and Technical Education Research, v42 n2 p103-116 Sep 2017
In 1994, Laird conducted a study using secondary agricultural education teachers across the United States to determine the depth agricultural mechanics skills were being taught at the time, and how important those skills would be in 2004. The researchers conducted a follow up study in 2016, using secondary agricultural education teachers in Iowa as the population. This research compares the findings from both Laird, and the researchers to form a cross-sectional comparison spanning 32 years between the depth skills that were taught in 1994 and the predicted importance of those skills in 2026. Findings from this study show that the overall depth of secondary agricultural mechanics instruction has decreased, but the importance to teach said skills is increasing. Teachers should use this information to prioritize the skills in their curriculum so that the skills with the most perceived importance are being taught in the greatest depth.
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Secondary School Teachers, Comparative Analysis, Job Skills, Agricultural Engineering, Followup Studies, Employment Qualifications
Association for Career and Technical Education Research. Web site: http://acteronline.org/publications/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A