The summer program of work of vocational agriculture instructors
Fagan, Dick V.
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The purpose of this study was to determine procedures and time consumed in the different activities of the summer program of work by instructors of vocational agriculture. The study was designed to assist supervisors, administrators, teacher trainers, and experienced and beginning instructors in building a complete summer program of work for vocational agriculture. A questionnaire was sent out to 322 departments of vocational agriculture in eleven western states where the instructors had "been in their department for two years or longer. The departments were rated by the state supervisors into high, medium, and low groups as to the excellence of the supervised farming programs of students in these departments. Data was obtained on the amount of time that instructors spent on different areas in their summer program, A separate questionnaire was sent to all state supervisors to determine what types of reports they required from instructors of vocational agriculture. The study revealed that about 70 percent of the instructors in the high and low group prepared a written plan of activities they planned to carry on during the summer. Instructors in both the high and low groups spent about 20 percent of their time attending summer school. Teachers rated in the high group averaged $534.6l more annual salary than those in the low group, in the high group 20 percent more of the instructors visited their students during the summer than did those in the low group. Fifteen percent more of the instructors in the high group than in the low group had adult farmer classes during the summer,. In the low group 45 percent more of the departments had advisory committees than did those in the high group. Activities for improving the summer program of work are recommended. These include planning an effective summer program of work; visiting all students, and prospective students of agriculture during the summer! keeping the public informed of activities carried on by the department! and reporting monthly the activities carried on to the school administrators, school boards, and state supervisors of vocational agriculture, A form was devised for reporting the summer program of work which would be of help to instructors to keep the public informed of activities carried on during the summer.