Date of Award:

1-1-1958

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Education

Advisor/Chair:

Basil C. Hansen

Abstract

Technology in agriculture has changed more in the past hundred years than in the previous thousand, and the rate of change seems to be accelerating. No longer can one farm successfully for the duration of a lifetime with the same knowledge, understanding and skill which he possessed as a young farmer (1).

Senators and representatives recognized the need for the continuous preparation of farm people for proficiency in their chosen field and in 1917 introduced and passed the Smith-Hughes Act. This enabled school administrators to offer vocational instruction in agriculture to young and adult farmers by providing additional funds to local districts for classes in vocational education. The act also provided for agriculture education in the high school curriculum (15).

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