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dc.contributor.authorToft, Joshua T.
dc.contributor.authorPerry, Dustin K.
dc.contributor.authorFalk, Jeremy M.
dc.identifier.citationToft, J., Perry, D., & Falk, J. (2021). In-Service agricultural mechanics needs of Montana mid-career agricultural educators. Journal of Agricultural Education, 62(1), 114-130.
dc.description.abstractAgricultural mechanics—a pillar of many secondary agricultural education programs—is a dynamic, constantly changing field, requiring educators to continually evolve their programs to maintain relevance. This study explored the in-service agricultural mechanics needs of Montana mid-career agricultural educators. We used mean weighted discrepancy scores and descriptive measures to analyze demographics and perceived levels of importance and competency to teach agricultural mechanics content areas. The areas of highest perceived importance of teaching were welding safety, mechanical safety, and construction and shop safety. The areas that educators felt least competent to teach were differential leveling, profile leveling, and cleaning motors. Mean weight discrepancy scores revealed the greatest discrepancies between importance and competence to teach in the areas of electrical safety, computer aided design, and differential leveling. Agricultural educator associations and industry experts should collaborate with advisory groups, local businesses, and organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce to determine the relevance of low-ranking content areas and create professional development opportunities for educators in these areas.en_US
dc.publisherAmerican Association for Agricultural Educationen_US
dc.rightscopyright American Association for Agricultural Education 2021en_US
dc.subjectagricultural mechanicsen_US
dc.subjectmid-career educatorsen_US
dc.subjectin-service needsen_US
dc.subjectskill competencyen_US
dc.subjectskill importanceen_US
dc.titleIn-Service Agricultural Mechanics Needs of Montana Mid-Career Agricultural Educatorsen_US
mus.citation.journaltitleJournal of Agricultural Educationen_US
mus.relation.collegeCollege of Agricultureen_US
mus.relation.departmentAgricultural Education.en_US
mus.relation.universityMontana State University - Bozemanen_US

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