ERIC Number: ED034894
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Sep
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Attitudes Toward Entrepreneurial Behavior and Education--Their Relationship to Instruction. Final Report.
Kittleson, Howard M.
To evaluate the non-economic returns to investment of resources in education, a study was conducted to determine the effect of farm management instruction on attitudes toward education and farming, relationships existing between attitudes and farm income, and whether students' attitudes became more like their instructor's with increasing years of instruction. The groups in the study were: (1) farm families who submitted records for analysis in the 1967 Minnesota Farm Management Program, (2) farm families who had dropped out of the program later than 1964, (3) farm families selected at random from 10 counties, and (4) agriculture instructors responsible for farm management programs. The 70 percent response to the 90-item attitude instrument revealed a general improvement in attitudes related to more years of instruction, with a strong suggestion of diminishing marginal returns. Families in other than well-organized programs had scores negatively related to instructors; in well-organized programs scores were positively related. All differences in attitudes were very slight. There is a need for a revision of methods, subject matter, or both if adult vocational agriculture instructors want to claim significantly-improved attitude as a product of their educational program. (DM)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., St. Paul. Dept. of Agricultural Education.