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ERIC Number: ED003016
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
Pages: 172
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THE ROLE OF AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION IN THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF THAILAND, PHASE 5--EDUCATION AS AN INSTRUMENT OF NATIONAL POLICY IN SELECTED DEVELOPING NATIONS.
FREEMAN, HAROLD; HANNA, PAUL R.
THE CONTRIBUTION OF EDUCATION TO THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY OF THAILAND WAS INVESTIGATED. SPECIAL ATTENTION WAS GIVEN TO THE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS ABOVE THE ELEMENTARY LEVEL, GRADES 8-10, INVOLVED IN THE AGRICULTURAL EDUCATIONAL PROCESS (BOTH ACADEMIC AND VOCATIONAL). THE STUDY CENTERED ON THREE QUESTIONS--(1) DOES THE THAI GOVERNMENT INDICATE A RECOGNITION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION IN ITS ECONOMIC AND EDUCATIONAL PLANNING AND IN ITS FISCAL POLICIES, (2) TO WHAT EXTENT IS THE PRESENT ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION DESIGNED TO FACILITATE AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT, AND (3) TO WHAT EXTENT IS AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION CONTRIBUTING TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF FARM-SERVICE GROUPS. SURVEYS WERE CONDUCTED WITH GOVERNMENTAL AND EDUCATIONAL OFFICIALS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS, AND FIRMS SELLING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS, USING INTERVIEWS AND QUESTIONNAIRES. RESULTS OF THE STUDY REVEALED THAT THE MAJORITY OF STUDENTS, ENTERING SENIOR AGRICULTURAL SCHOOLS, DO NOT COME FROM FARM BACKGROUNDS AND HAVE NO PREVIOUS AGRICULTURAL TRAINING. IN ADDITION, THESE STUDENTS ARE (1) PRESENTED WITH EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS, HEAVILY ORIENTED TOWARD NONAGRICULTURAL SUBJECTS, (2) PROVIDED WITH LITTLE PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE ON SCHOOL FARMS OR IN FARM SHOPS, (3) GIVEN FEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXPERIENCE OUTSIDE SCHOOL WITH LOCAL EXTENSION SERVICES OR EXPERIMENTAL STATIONS, AND (4) ENCOURAGED TO PREPARE FOR UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS. THE STUDY DELINEATES THE FACTORS PREVENTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF PERSONS WHO UNDERSTAND AND CAN WORK AS FARM SERVICE WORKERS. (HB)
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Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. School of Education.
Identifiers: CALIFORNIA; California (Stanford); THAILAND