Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Integration and needs of Iowa high school agricultural educators regarding agricultural safety and health education
by Rudolphi, Josie, M.S., Iowa State University, 2011, 152; 1494724
Abstract (Summary)

Agricultural safety and health education has been an agenda item for various government and non-profit organizations working to reduce the number of agricultural injuries and deaths to young people. Agricultural safety and health education has been recognized as effectively helping to reduce the number of on-farm injuries and deaths, despite facing barriers and challenges. One of the largest challenges agricultural safety and health professionals face is reaching a captivated audience of the desirable age. When audience, learning theories, and teaching methods are considered, one viable route for teaching agricultural safety and health education is in the secondary agricultural education classroom.

The purpose of this study was to determine the current practices and attitudes of Iowa high school agricultural educators regarding agricultural safety and health education. The accessible population for this census study consisted of 216 Iowa agriculture teachers. Findings were based on data obtained through a web-based survey from 137 Iowa high school agricultural educators. Non-response error was controlled.

Findings from this study indicated that most Iowa high school agriculture teachers are teaching some aspect of agricultural safety and health in their classroom utilizing a variety of teaching tools from various resources. Agricultural safety and health is most commonly taught as part of a larger agricultural science unit, as opposed to being taught as its own unit of study. Iowa agriculture teachers recognized strengths, such as the quality of materials, and weaknesses, including the need for professional development, to agricultural safety and health education and identified limitations they face in teaching the topic.

Ultimately, the results of this study brought greater understanding of Iowa high school agriculture teachers' practices in agricultural safety and health education and their attitudes towards agricultural safety and health education. Agricultural safety and health professionals can benefit from addressing the findings and the recommendations of this study in the development of agricultural safety and health education materials.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Retallick, Michael
Commitee: Martin, Robert A., Schwab, Charles V.
School: Iowa State University
Department: Agricultural Education and Studies
School Location: United States -- Iowa
Source: MAI 49/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Occupational health, Agricultural education
Keywords: Agricultural education, Agricultural safety, Farm safety
Publication Number: 1494724
ISBN: 9781124700984