Clark, T., Anderson, R., & Paulsen, T. (2021). Agricultural mechanics preparation: How much do school based agricultural education teachers receive? Journal of Agricultural Education, 62(1), 17-28. http://doi.org/10.5032/jae.2021.01017
The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine the amount of preparation Iowa inservice
secondary agricultural education teachers received in agricultural mechanics at the university level.
Secondary School Based Agricultural Education instructors attending the Iowa Association of
Agricultural Educators’ summer conference were given a paper-based survey instrument to report their
perceptions of the agricultural mechanics skills and training they had received at the postsecondary
level. Agricultural education teachers indicated that safety, welding, and construction were among the
skills with highest concentration of instruction received at the postsecondary level. The areas in which
teachers received the least amount of preparation were surveying, technology, and tractor skills. The
overall lack of instruction in agricultural mechanics at the postsecondary level may lead to
inexperienced and underprepared teachers. We recommended weekend or summer training be offered
for inservice teachers who did not receive or received very little training at the postsecondary level. It
is also recommended postsecondary institutions organize consistent ways in which agricultural
mechanics courses are offered so that preservice agriculture teachers receive appropriate training
prior to entering the profession.