ERIC Number: ED022867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Education of Ornamental Horticulture Technicians in Ohio, a Research Report of a Ph.D. Dissertation. Research Series in Agricultural Education.
White, Robert H.; Woodin, Ralph J.
The primary purposes of this study were to determine occupational opportunities for ornamental horticulture technicians in Ohio and to propose curriculums for training them. In the first phase, data were collected by questionnaire from 64.8 percent of 962 potential Ohio employers which was a 50 percent random sample of 1900 employers. In the second phase, a selected sample of programs was analyzed by a jury of 12 industry experts to determine curriculum content. Job titles were identified in landscaping, arboriculture and park management, greenhouse and nursery production, wholesale and retail sales, turf production or management, and floriculture. Age requirements ranged from 19 to 60 with an average minimum of 23 and maximum of 50. Salary averages ranged from a $467 starting to a $696 maximum. Ohio had an estimated need for an average of 262 technicians per year. In eight institutions in seven states selected by seven experts, a study of 21 programs revealed the following common characteristics--(1) length of 18 to 24 months, (2) award of associate degrees, (3) high school graduation admission requirement, (4) supervised work experience of 5 to 12 months, (5) emphasis upon technical subjects, and (6) a minimum if 60 semester hours. Ohio needs were determined to be 16 programs in the six areas. Proposed curriculums for five types of programs, a bibliography, and the questionnaire are included. (JM)
Descriptors: Agricultural Technicians, Curriculum, Curriculum Research, Educational Needs, Employment Opportunities, Employment Qualifications, Employment Statistics, Labor Needs, Occupational Information, Occupational Surveys, Ornamental Horticulture, Ornamental Horticulture Occupations, Program Development, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Technical Education
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Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Dept. of Agricultural Education.