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ERIC Number: EJ1172949
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1554-754X
An Examination of Safety and Health Practices in Agricultural Mechanics Education
Threeton, Mark D.; Ewing, John C.
Career and Technical Education Research, v42 n2 p131-146 Sep 2017
Providing training of safe operations and behaviors in Agricultural Mechanics classrooms and laboratories is an important aspect of the agricultural education teaching and learning environment. The purpose of this survey research study was to examine current occupational safety and health practices within agricultural mechanics programs. The research questions guiding the study were: (1) What is the percentage of practicing agricultural mechanics instructors that have incorporated an occupational safety and health program as a component of their curriculum and instruction?; (2) What, if any, deficiencies are associated with safety and health practices within agricultural mechanics programs?; and (3) What, if any, obstacles do agricultural mechanics instructors perceive to hinder their ability to implement an occupational safety and health program in their classroom and laboratory? The current findings identified obstacles to implementing an occupational safety and health program; including lack of funding and adequate teaching space. Many of the respondents reported acceptable safety standards in the learning environment, as a majority of respondents reported having an occupational safety and health program. However, the results suggest there is room for improvement. Thus, recommendations regarding professional development of teachers that encourage improvement to safety and health practices are provided to agricultural educators, teacher educators, and school administrators.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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