ERIC Number: ED034855
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Oct-9
Reference Count: 0
Role of High School Vocational Agriculture in Occupational Decision Making.
Bender, Ralph E.
Schools have been encouraged by recent legislation to develop vocational programs for all students interested in any phase of agriculture. In 1968, a total of 524,775 high school students were enrolled; 26 percent were engaged in off-farm agricultural education programs. The 12,000 teachers of these students also conducted programs for approximately 350,000 young and adult farmers. Vocational education programs in agriculture are being updated through increased use of multiple-teacher departments, development of area vocational centers, curriculum revision, work experience programs, addition of prevocational programs, and development of programs for youth with special needs. Post-high school technical and continuing education is becoming more imperative in order to advance and retain jobs. Persons who have studied vocational agriculture in high school achieve as well or slightly better in college than student who have not. In a 40-year study, it was indicated that slightly more than 40 percent of the high school graduates were employed in farming and related occupations. A summary of the annual report of the national advisory council on vocational education for 1969, projections for the future, and guidelines forwarded by various groups relating to vocational education in agriculture conclude the paper. (DM)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Career Choice, Career Development, College Preparation, Curriculum, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Needs, Educational Trends, Guidelines, Job Placement, Prevocational Education, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Research Reviews (Publications), Secondary Education, Speeches, Student Organizations, Vocational Education
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Note: Speech presented at a meeting of North Central Regional Research Committee 86 (Chicago, Illinois, October 9, 1969)