ERIC Number: ED022846
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
Reference Count: 0
Semantic Differential Analysis of Teacher and Youth Communication in Vocational Agriculture.
McMillion, Martin B.; Phipps, Lloyd J.
A sample of 240 vocational agriculture students enrolled in 21 Illinois high schools and their teachers participated in a study to determine whether different groups of students placed different connotative meanings on certain words and phrases important to vocational agriculture. The students, in four grade levels, were classified into three socioeconomic groups. Teachers and students indicated on a semantic differential instrument the connotative meaning of 11 words and phrases--learning by doing, leadership, cooperation, Future Farmers of America, farming, vocational agriculture, agricultural mechanics instruction, supervised farming programs, nonfarm agricultural occupations, on-farm instruction, and teacher of agriculture. Comparisons of results were made between student groups by grade and socioeconomic stratification and between student and teacher groups. Some findings were (1) A different connotative meaning was placed on the words "leadership" and "cooperation" by groups classified by socioeconomic level, (2) Students not residing on farms felt that "agricultural mechanics instruction" was more important than did farm resident students, (3) Teachers were more in agreement with junior and senior students concerning meanings than with freshmen and sophomores, and (4) All pupil groups agreed with the teacher group on the meaning of "cooperation" and "Future Farmers of America." The complete report is available as ED 010 181. (WB)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Div. of Agricultural Education.