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ERIC Number: ED019432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963
Pages: 89
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THE NATIONAL YOUNG FARMER STUDY.
AGAN, R.J.; AND OTHERS
IN AN EFFORT TO DETERMINE PROCEDURES ASSOCIATED WITH SUCCESSFUL YOUNG FARMER INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS, A NATIONAL STUDY WAS CONDUCTED TO (1) CLARIFY PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES, (2) IDENTIFY CHARACTERISTICS OF SUCCESSFUL EXISTING PROGRAMS, (3) CONSOLIDATE SUCCESSFUL PRACTICES INTO PATTERNS SUITABLE FOR TESTING, (4) EVALUATE PROPOSED PATTERNS UNDER EXPERIMENTAL CONDITIONS, AND (5) RECOMMEND PRACTICES. THE COMMITTEE WORKED WITH THE U.S. OFFICE OF EDUCATION TOWARD A REVISION OF "EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES IN VOCATIONAL AGRICULTURE." PROGRAM CHARACTERISTICS DATA ON 333 SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS IN 40 STATES WERE COLLECTED FROM TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, STUDENTS, AND SUPERVISORY AND TEACHER EDUCATION STAFFS. PROGRAM PATTERNS, BASED ON THE DATA, WERE INITIATED IN TRIAL CENTERS AT THE RATE OF ONE PER 50 TEACHERS IN EACH STATE. OF 264 PILOT CENTERS, 227 COMPLETED 2 YEARS IN THE PROGRAM, AND 28 NEW CENTERS WERE ADDED. STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND PROGRAM SUCCESS WERE EVALUATED AFTER A 2-YEAR PERIOD BY COMPARING BEGINNING AND FINAL TEST SCORES AND OTHER DATA. RESULTS FROM 231 PROGRAMS IN 35 STATES, INVOLVING 2,788 YOUNG FARMERS WERE ANALYZED AS A BASIS FOR MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FUTURE INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS. FINDINGS INCLUDED--(1) DURING THE PILOT PROJECT PERIOD, THE CENTERS INCREASED IN DAY SCHOOL ENROLLMENT, IN TEACHER TIME DEVOTED TO AGRICULTURE, AND IN ADULT ENROLLMENTS, (2) TRAINING IN LEADERSHIP AND PARTICIPATION IN SOCIAL EVENTS IN ADDITION TO AGRICULTURE WERE OFFERED, AND (3) THE PROGRAM STRENGTHENED VALUES RELATING TO FARMING AND RURAL LIFE WHICH ARE FUNCTIONAL FOR SUCCESS IN MODERN AGRICULTURE. (JM)
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Authoring Institution: American Vocational Association, Washington, DC. Committee on Research in Agricultural Education.
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