ERIC Number: ED035769
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Mar
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Attitudes of Selected Groups Concerning the Role of Vocational-Technical Education Programs for Occupations in Agricultural Resources.
Downer, Howard I.
The attitudes of professionals, businessmen, teachers, principals, and extension personnel toward establishment of programs of vocational-technical education for occupations concerned with conservation, protection and regulation, and recreational utilization of agricultural resources were studied. Attitudes concerning the importance of selected instructional units for inclusion in the course content of occupational education for agricultural resources were also measured. A random sample of 20 for each of the five groups was selected from a list of qualified persons. Data were gathered through a personal interview and analyzed through an analysis of variance, Duncan's Multiple Range Test, symmetric correlation, factor analysis, and varimax notation. Major findings were: (1) There were significant differences in the mean importance ratings among the groups on 10 items of program establishment and on 12 items of instructional units, (2) Factor analysis failed to cluster meaningful groupings of items of program establishment, and (3) There was consensus of opinion among the groups on 81 percent of the items in the schedule. It was concluded that items receiving a rating of some importance or higher should be given serious consideration when planning programs. This Ed.D. thesis was submitted to The Pennsylvania State University. (DM)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Agricultural Occupations, Attitudes, Curriculum Development, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Needs, Instructional Materials, Natural Resources, Program Development
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