Tuesday, December 15, 2015

How safe are Agricultural Education programs?

Dr. Mark D. Threeton, Penn
State University
Researchers at Penn State University have published the results of a study entitled “Occupational Safety and Health: A View of Current Practices in Agricultural Education” on the 2015 Issue of the Journal of Career and Technical Education (JCTE).

Authors Mark D. Threeton, John C. Ewing, and Danielle C. Evanoski, sought to explore safety and health practices within secondary Agricultural Mechanics Education. Threeton, the lead author, noted that, "while a multitude of studies have examined safety and health practices within the workforce, few have investigated this topic within Agricultural Education." In this regard, Threeton also reported "there is a need for concern related to occupational safety and health elements within some Agricultural Mechanics programs."

Based on the results, the authors concluded that although the majority of agricultural education programs in the study included a safety program, about of a fourth of programs did not. Further, the authors found that most of the students receive safety training, while a small fraction of teachers do not provide related instruction. Lack of adequate funding and classroom facilities combined with high student enrollment appeared to hinder the implementation of safety programs.

Therefore, Threeton suggested, "the results of this study should be viewed as an initial call to action, which promotes further research and professional development to advance proper occupational safety and health practices within Agricultural Education."

Reading/Downloading Full Articles
The full version of this article may be accessed as part of Volume 30, Issue 1 (Winter 2015) issue of the Journal of Career and Technical Education, available at http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/JCTE/v30n1/

Submitting Manuscripts for Publication
To submit manuscripts and preparation guidelines, please visit the JCTE's page at http://cwe-usf-ott.blogspot.com/p/jcte.html