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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1966. Department of Agricultural Education.


Copyright 1966, the author. Used by permission.


This study is focused on examining the need for agricultural knowledge and skills within the total labor force structure, as delimited by the scope of the present study.The data in the study were based on a sample of 544 taxpayers between the ages of 21 and 69 in two metropolitan Nebraska counties, which consisted of 45 unemployed and retired taxpayers and 499 employed taxpayers.The present study was restricted to an investigation of the need for agricultural knowledges and skills by a sample of workers in the two metropolitan Nebraska counties of Lancaster (which includes Lincoln) and Douglas (which includes Omaha).

The following implications were drawn from the present study:

  1. Persons classified as “associated agricultural workers” need specific vocational training, in many areas of vocational education.

  2. “Associated agricultural workers” and workers in non-agriculture occupations need knowledges and skills in many of the areas of vocational education.

  3. Workers with agricultural backgrounds or training often find these agricultural knowledges and skills useful when employed in non-agricultural businesses and industries.

  4. It seems reasonable to assume that agricultural education should be made available to large groups of people as workers in numerous occupations find some agricultural knowledges and skills useful.

  5. There are implications that broad, comprehensive programs of vocational education with emphasis on underlying basic principles in all areas of vocational education should be available for all types of workers.

  6. There are implications that “associated agriculture workers” in metropolitan areas are employed in occupations that require agriculture knowledges and skills along with other knowledges and skills in other areas of vocational education.

  7. In general, workers who expressed a need for agricultural knowledges and skills are more likely to engage in activities involving work with persons outside the business firm than other workers.

  8. In general, workers who expressed a need for agricultural knowledges and skills consistently checked items concerned with working with people. Hence, educational programs should be directed at providing workers with abilities in the area of personal relations.

Advisor: John K. Coster