Characteristics of instructors at Farm Safety 4 Just Kids day camps

Deborah B. Reed, Deborah T. Claunch, Henry P. Cole, Joan M. Mazur

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Objective: This paper describes the characteristics of instructors at six farm safety day camps sponsored through local chapters of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids. What are their backgrounds and experience? What motivates them to participate as farm safety instructors? How do they prepare and present their instruction? Design: Data from 69 instructors were gathered as part of a larger evaluation of farm safety day camps conducted during the summer and fall of 2002. Setting: Farm safety day camps occur throughout North America. The camps selected for this study were conducted in five states within the United States. The overwhelming majority of instructors were community volunteers without formal instructional training. Method: A two-page survey was completed by the instructors on the day of the camp, and selected camp instructional sessions were videotaped and analysed by instructional design experts. Results: Case examples of instructor characteristics and instructional styles are presented in order to promote a better understanding of persons who provide children with farm safety instruction at farm safety day camps. Preparation, training, teaching methods, and other characteristics of the camp instructors are discussed. Conclusion: Findings from this analysis can be used by organisations that provide community-based injury prevention programmes as a planning tool for selecting instructors that can optimise the experience for children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-192
Number of pages13
JournalHealth Education Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2006


  • Children
  • Community-based interventions
  • Farm safety
  • Injury prevention
  • Instructor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education


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