Factors influencing Missouri high school agricultural mechanics students safety climate attitudes
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[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] High school agricultural mechanics students safety perceptions are largely unrepresented in agricultural education research. With student perceptions being a large part of the safety climate within the agricultural mechanics laboratory research within this area should be a priority. The purpose of this study was to determine if industrial safety measures can identify potential safety concerns and attitudes regarding the safety climate in Missouri agricultural mechanics laboratories. Specifically this study will focus on the safety climate attitudes and perceptions of the instructor and the students utilizing the agricultural mechanics learning laboratory. This study used descriptive and relational research methods to analyze data. Data was collected using paper-pencil questionnaires among the students and teachers in the Missouri high school agricultural mechanics laboratory. Researchers developed two instruments for this study. One based on industrial safety climate, and the other based on the Health Belief Model. Student respondents in this study indicated they perceive to have an overall good safety climate score and perceive to be mostly comfortable using the safety equipment identified in this study. Teachers indicate agreement to feeling some perceived threat, but have high self-efficacy regarding the agricultural mechanics laboratory. Further, student safety equipment comfortability and teacher safety beliefs provide weak support for explaining variance within student overall safety climate. Thus, suggesting factors others than those identified as being predictors of safety climate within industrial literature are at play in the agricultural mechanics laboratory.
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