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Thesis - Open Access

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Master of Science (MS)

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Some confusion and misunderstanding is evident as to the essential tools required for vocational agricultural and industrial arts shops. An attempt will be made in this study to suggest a basic tool list for an average vocational agricultural shop in South Dakota. Some lay people who visit the vocational agricultural shop are surprised that certain equipment generally found in industrial arts shops, like wood shapers, wood turning lathes or thickness planners, has been omitted. Frequently they do not realize that the objectives of a vocational agricultural shop are very different from those of an industrial arts shop. As a result many vocational agricultural shops have been equipped not to serve as they were intended, but as industrial arts shops. Having hundreds of dollars’ worth of idle equipment may create a problem for the vocational agricultural teacher and furthermore is poor economy. Letting students use this equipment just to keep them busy is not justifiable since some vocational agricultural teachers are not trained in the correct use of this equipment. Another problem is the over-purchasing of some tools and the lack of purchasing of other very important tools. From the lack of purchasing of other very important tools. From the writer’s experience in a shop that had been equipped just prior to his employment he found that there were fifteen new ball pein hammers where four or five would have been sufficient. In contrast to this there were no pipe wrenches. This shop had great quantities of tools, but many were of little use in a farm mechanics shop. The funds that had been spent on this unwanted equipment should have been spent on more necessary equipment. The members of the board of education and supervisory personnel are very proud of a new shop. They assume that it has been equipped properly. When it becomes necessary for the instructor to ask for more equipment in order to conduct his shop class properly, often some doubt is in evidence. If the shop is equipped correctly in the beginning, a great deal of money can be saved or put to work where it is needed. There will be less work for the instructor and better relations between the vocational agricultural teacher and his supervisors.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Agricultural education -- South Dakota
Agriculture -- South Dakota -- Study and teaching



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South Dakota State University


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