Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

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Since education at the high school level is training many students to go directly into the business and professional world as well as preparing them to attend other schools, it may be beneficial to look at one aspect of high school education to see if the students in that area are being offered adequate preparation for the challenge they face in today's world. The Future Farmers of America is a national organization of secondary school students studying vocational agriculture. As part of its course of instruction, FFA offers a section on parliamentary procedure. According to the book Modern Parliamentary Practices, "Over ten million Americans go to national, state, and regional conventions each year and spend approximately 1.2 billion 1 dollars at these meetings." Thus, the FFA becomes a vital link in the preparation of these young people in the skills of parliamentary procedure. The purpose of this study is to ascertain how and to what extent the program of the Future Farmers of America in South Dakota attempts to prepare its students in the skills of parliamentary procedure. In order to fulfill the above purpose, two sub-questions needed to be answered: (1) What are the objectives and standards set by the national and state FFA organizations and, (2) What is actually being offered by local FFA chapters.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Future Farmers of America

Parliamentary practice

Speech -- Study and teaching



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South Dakota State University