ERIC Number: ED021950
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-Jun
Reference Count: 0
An Experimental Curriculum in Vocational Agriculture, Janesville, Wisconsin. New Dimensions in Vocational Agriculture Report Number 1.
Hensel, James W.; Becker, William J.
The purpose of the pilot program was to develop and test a new structure for vocational agriculture and thus meet the needs of a wider range of students. The curriculum was developed around 16 different agricultural subjects offered in alternate years on a semester basis. Agricultural engineering and agricultural survey were offered each semester each year. An analysis of the first year's operation showed the following: (1) Total enrollment remained about the same, (2) Poultry and sheep courses were dropped because of low enrollment, (3) Nearly 40 percent of the students were nonfarm, (4) Few students of below-average ability were attracted, particularly in agricultural engineering and farm management, (5) Some withdrew during the second semester, but few because of lack of interest, (6) Nearly all new agriculture students attracted to vocational agriculture were nonfarm, (7) Dairy science and horticulture attracted the most new students, (8) Supervised farming and work experience programs were carried by the majority of students, and (9) No serious administrative problems occurred. Many of the original objectives were accomplished. New students were reached, and quality was maintained. Lack of sufficient instructor preparation time was a limiting factor. Texts and references are listed for each specialized course. (JM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Dept. of Agricultural and Extension Education.
Identifiers: Wisconsin (Janesville)