Vocational agriculture student benefits from agricultural activities on school farms
The primary purpose of this study was to ascertain the benefits vocational agriculture students receive from agriculture activities on a school farm. A selected sample of 68 vocational agriculture departments operating school farms from the four-state region of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska was utilized in this study. Respondents consisted of the vocational agriculture instructor and high school administrator with major responsibility for the operation and management of those school farms. Each of the selected instructors and administrators was mailed a questionnaire requesting that they rate 53 benefits their vocational agriculture students received from agricultural activities on their respective school farms. Demographic information was also requested from both groups in order to secure the major characteristics of the participants in the study. Usable data were obtained from 41 administrators and 45 vocational agriculture instructors;Prominent findings were: (1) the school farm is a valuable component of the vocational agriculture program for providing "hands'on" learning experiences to students, (2) experiences from agricultural activities on the school farm benefit non-farm students as well as farm students, (3) the school farm need not be large to be useful in the vocational agriculture program, (4) the greatest student benefits from agricultural activities on the school farm as perceived by both vocational agriculture instructors and administrators related to developing human relations skills, (5) the least important student benefits from agricultural activities on the school farm as perceived by both vocational agriculture instructors and administrators related to placement and advancement in agricultural occupations, and (6) the major activities conducted on school farms in this study related to the area of agronomy.