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ERIC Number: ED019420
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963-May-19
Pages: 28
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WHY STUDENTS SELECT AGRICULTURE AS A MAJOR COURSE OF STUDY.
JOHNSON, CECIL H.; MACK, KINSLER B.
BECAUSE AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE ENROLLMENTS WERE NOT KEEPING PACE WITH THE DEMANDS FOR AGRICULTURAL GRADUATES, A STUDY WAS UNDERTAKEN TO DETERMINE FACTORS WHICH INFLUENCE SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE ENROLLMENT AT CLEMSON UNIVERSITY AND REASONS FOR THE HIGH PERCENTAGE OF MAJOR COURSE CHANGES. A FOUR-SECTION SCHEDULE, ADMINISTERED IN CLASSES TO 159 SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE JUNIORS AND SENIORS, DETERMINED (1) FARMING BACKGROUND, (2) FACTORS INFLUENCING CHOICE OF MAJOR FIELD, (3) PRESENT MAJOR, TIME OF DECISION, AND PROGRAM CHANGES, AND (4) FACTORS INFLUENCING MAJOR FIELD CHANGES. STUDENTS WITH VOCATIONAL AGRICULTURE AND FARM BACKGROUNDS (45 PERCENT) WERE INFLUENCED MOST BY VOCATIONAL AGRICULTURE TEACHERS, PARENTS, AND FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA (FFA) MEMBERSHIP. STUDENTS WITH ONLY A VOCATIONAL AGRICULTURE BACKGROUND (8 PERCENT) WERE INFLUENCED MOST BY FFA MEMBERSHIP, VOCATIONAL AGRICULTURE TEACHERS, PRESTIGE OF THE VOCATION, PARENTS, AND FARMERS. STUDENTS WITH ONLY A FARM BACKGROUND (18 PERCENT) WERE INFLUENCED MOST BY PARENTS, FRIENDS IN THE MAJOR, AND PROFESSIONALS IN AGRICULTURE. STUDENTS WITHOUT VOCATIONAL AGRICULTURE BACKGROUNDS (29 PERCENT) WERE INFLUENCED MOST BY PROFESSIONALS IN AGRICULTURE, PARENTS, AND FRIENDS IN THE MAJOR. HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELORS HAD LITTLE INFLUENCE ON ANY OF THE GROUPS. A MAJORITY OF THE STUDENTS MADE THE CHOICE TO ENROLL IN AGRICULTURE WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL. THOSE CHANGING THEIR MAJORS WHILE IN COLLEGE (46 PERCENT) INDICATED THAT LACK OF INTEREST IN THEIR PREVIOUS MAJOR, FRIENDS ENROLLED IN THEIR PRESENT MAJOR, AND MEMBERS OF THEIR CHOSEN PROFESSION WERE MOST INFLUENTIAL IN THE CHANGE. (JM)
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Authoring Institution: Clemson Univ., SC. Dept. of Agricultural Education.
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