ERIC Number: ED164762
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
Suitability of Available Student Materials for Individual and Group Instructional Purposes in Texas Vocational Agriculture Programs. A Summary Report of Research.
Kotrlik, Joe W.
Because of the large number of vocational agriculture programs in Texas public schools and the large sum expended annually on their curriculum materials, a study was undertaken to determine the suitability of single topic student materials and of state adopted textbooks for both group and individual instructional purposes. From a random sample of 425 vocational agriculture teachers chosen to be surveyed, 400 returned the opinionnaire. Based on a statistical analysis of their responses, the following were concluded: (1) both single topic student materials and state adopted textbooks should continue to be used in Texas for both individual and group instructional purposes; (2) a majority of teachers favor single topic student materials over state adopted textbooks; (3) teachers prefer hardbound to paperback student materials; and (4) teachers in different geographical areas perceive different needs in student materials. The following topics were recommended for future studies: the relationship between the teachers' viewpoints and factors such as geographical location, department size, tenure level, and average number of students per teacher; an assessment of which state adopted textbooks are not up-to-date and technically accurate; and the replication of this study in other states for the basis of comparison and after five years in Texas to determine if deficiencies in student materials have been corrected. (ELG)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Demography, Educational Needs, Geography, Instructional Materials, Research Needs, Secondary Education, State School District Relationship, Student Teacher Ratio, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Tenure, Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Dept. of Agricultural Education.