Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School



This thesis had as its

purpose the investigation of the circumstances surrounding the occupational choices of students in high school vocational agriculture who graduated in 1953 from South Dakota high schools. The study was intended to reveal the factors that have caused those who have selected occupations outside of farming to enter their chosen fields and to reveal the relative importance of gross income and the relationship, if any, that exists between mental age and education, and a young man’s proneness to enter farming or not to enter it. A survey questionnaire and a personal letter were sent to 200 former vocational agriculture students, 130 of which received responses. Conclusions include that students from small families and those with fewer older brothers have a better opportunity to farm than have those from large families having older brothers , the education of the parents favorably affected the establishm ent of the students in farming, and that students with the higher I.Q.’s tend to leave the farm for other occupations. Similarly, students with few home improvements tend to seek employment other than farming. Also, t he larger the monetary value of the supervised farming program during the senio r year of high school the more likely the students was to enter farming. Finally, the reasons listed most frequently for leaving the farm were: interest in other occupations, no desire to farm, no method of getting started, and income not large enough.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Agriculture -- South Dakota -- Vocational guidance
Agricultural education -- South Dakota


Includes bibliographical references



Number of Pages



South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts


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