Toft, J., Perry, D., & Falk, J. (2021). In-Service agricultural mechanics needs of Montana mid-career agricultural educators. Journal of Agricultural Education, 62(1), 114-130.

Agricultural mechanics—a pillar of many secondary agricultural education programs—is a dynamic,
constantly changing field, requiring educators to continually evolve their programs to maintain
relevance. This study explored the in-service agricultural mechanics needs of Montana mid-career
agricultural educators. We used mean weighted discrepancy scores and descriptive measures to
analyze demographics and perceived levels of importance and competency to teach agricultural
mechanics content areas. The areas of highest perceived importance of teaching were welding safety,
mechanical safety, and construction and shop safety. The areas that educators felt least competent to
teach were differential leveling, profile leveling, and cleaning motors. Mean weight discrepancy scores
revealed the greatest discrepancies between importance and competence to teach in the areas of
electrical safety, computer aided design, and differential leveling. Agricultural educator associations
and industry experts should collaborate with advisory groups, local businesses, and organizations such
as the Chamber of Commerce to determine the relevance of low-ranking content areas and create
professional development opportunities for educators in these areas.

Download this file (62.1.8.pdf)62.1.8.pdf[ ]461 kB
Go to top