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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1958. Department of Vocational Education.


Copyright 1958, the author. Used by permission.


At no time in the history of American Agriculture have the farms of the United States undergone greater changes than at the present time.The change in the ratio of the rural population to that of the urban is becoming very pronounced.There are several local factors which have brought about changes in the Nebraska City area similar to those that have taken place throughout rural Nebraska. These changes have brought with them many problems.

One problem is the inability of small high schools to offer vocational agriculture, either because of small rural enrollments or the high cost of the courses, along with conditions causing more rural boys to go into agricultural non-farm and other occupations, is crystalizing a need for a study of the contributions of vocational agriculture to the occupations entered by these rural boys.

The purposes of the study were to ascertain:

1. The present occupations of the vocational agriculture graduates of the Nebraska City High School.

2. The manner and extent to which skills taught in vocational agriculture have contributed to the occupations and other activities of Nebraska City Vocational Agriculture graduates.

3. The changes in the vocational agriculture course which appear to be necessary to better meet the needs of the students.

Advisor:Arthur B. Ward