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The Needs of Missouri’s Secondary Agriculture Teachers Regarding the Teaching of Agricultural Safety

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health. Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health 3(3):161 . (doi: 10.13031/2013.17755) @1997
Authors:   R.W. Thompson, B. L. Garton
Keywords:   Agricultural safety, Agriculture education, Agricultural safety education, Agricultural safety and curriculum, Agricultural safety and youth

There is not an effective, systematic approach to agricultural safety education for secondary students in the United States. To address the problem, the Teaching Agricultural Safety to Kids program at the University of Missouri-Columbia surveyed 260 secondary agriculture teachers to determine their interest in agricultural safety course work and their need for agricultural safety instructional materials in 18 subject areas. The survey revealed that 95% of the teachers agreed that “staying current with agricultural safety and health” was crucial to their teaching responsibilities. However, when asked about their interest in enrolling in a course on agricultural safety, a majority of the teachers indicated they were “not interested.” Conversely, the respondents reported an interest in obtaining updated safety and health instructional materials. Findings from this descriptive study were used to guide the development of agricultural safety instructional materials for secondary teachers, including student reference guides, teacher demonstrations, and student competency assessments.

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