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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1952. Department of Vocational Education.


Copyright 1952, the author. Used by permission.


This study was conducted to answer the question: What possible changes in States’ policies exist for improving the local vocational agriculture program?

The author prepared a questionnaire that could be adapted to conditions in all States affected by the National Vocational Education Acts.

The questionnaire was divided into the following five parts:

  1. General information. Information that usually is available in all State departments of vocational agriculture offices as reported by teachers of vocational agriculture.

  2. State requirements. The requirements and policy set by the individual States affecting the vocational agriculture instructor and the school.

  3. Professional improvement and teacher certificate renewal. The time allowed for and the method of certificate renewal in each State.

  4. Allotment of time by the average vocational agriculture instructor for his summer work. A week and day chart that showed the approximate number of each spent by the average vocational agriculture instructor in the reporting State.

  5. Enterprises in the vocational agriculture program. The enterprises were ranked s to importance in the vocational agriculture program in the State.

The questionnaires were sent to the State supervisors for vocational agriculture in the variousStates. Other data were taken from the Digest of Annual Reports of State Boards for Vocational Education, June 30, 1950, compiled by the Office of Education in the Federal Security Agency.

The data used in this study were collected in May and June of 1952.The State supervisors were contacted by mail with the aforementioned questionnaire which was accompanied by a letter explaining the study.Thirty-nine of 51 States and Territories surveyed returned the questionnaire and were used in this study.

Advisor: C. C. Minteer