Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication



Dona M. Siekmon

Date of this Version

Summer 8-1974


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College in the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Science Department of Agricultural Education Under the Supervision of Professor Richard L. Douglass


The purpose of the study was to determine content and emphasis placed on identified units of instruction provided by the Vocational Agriculture Departments in Nebraska. The overall hypothesis of the study was to determine the relationship, if any, between teachers as community factors and the amounts of instruction in subject matter units offered in Vocational Agriculture. Data was collected at a summer conference in which 112 out of 147 instructors in Nebraska filled out the questionnaire. The five categories of the curriculum surveyed were: (1) Animal Science. (2) Agricultural Management and

Economics, (3) Agronomic Science, (4) Agricultural Mechanics, and (5) Rural Leadership and Careers. Using a Matrix Sampling Technique. Each instructor was asked to complete a questionnaire dealing with 2 out of the 5 categories listed above. For analysis purposes, the State of Nebraska was divided into four geographic areas.