ERIC Number: ED045953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Development and Demonstration of Innovations in Adult Agricultural Education. Final Report.
Persons, Edgar A.; And Others
One of a series of related inquiries, this study focused on computer aided decision making and record keeping in farm management; and on instructional variables in adult agricultural education which affect the reception of agricultural innovations. Phases 1 and 2 of this project entailed use of farm record data in preparing concise summaries and analyses of a farm business, and creation of a system to reduce the time needed by teachers in preparing records for summary and analysis. In the third phase, a least cost formulation was prepared using a linear programing model to generate economic and other predictions for given lots of feeder beef animals. During a workshop on revision of farm management analysis, vocational agriculture teachers and coordinators outlined changes to be made. Findings of the investigation led to several conclusions: (1) agricultural innovations flow upward as well as downward; (2) similarly, the communication system that affords farmers instructional guidance must operate laterally and from below as well as from the top down; (3) most management decisions rest on some earlier decision and are preparatory to other decisions; (4) deliberate planning is needed to insure the instructional value of decision making in farm business management. (LY)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., St. Paul. Dept. of Agricultural Education.