Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication


Date of this Version

April 1987


Published in The Journal of Agricultural Education, volume 28 (1987), pages 29-36. Used by permission.
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Significant changes are occurring in the work place, and these changes must be reflected in the vocational education curriculum. A task force of the American Vocational Association (1981) developed a national agenda for vocational education which identified remaining current in the technical subject area as a major concern among vocational educators. More recently, a national study on vocational education placed the topic of “Keeping up with technological changes” third on a list of 60 topics of concern (Zellner & Parrish, 1986). Vocational agriculture faces a similar challenge to meet the needs of the changing agricultural industry. Curriculum content rapidly becomes obsolete and should be changed as needed. Weston ( 1959) c o n - ducted a study of mechanical jobs performed by selected farmers in Missouri . Weston’s instrument has been modified and used by Knott (1971), Shinn (1971) and Long (1981) to survey the mechanical skills needed by farmers.