ERIC Number: ED177334
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
The Role of High School Agriculture Education in the Occupational Success of Graduates in Virginia and Ten Southern States.
The purpose of this study was to determine and report the impact of high school agricultural education upon the occupational success of 1974 graduates in Virginia and compare this data with nine other Southern states. One hundred sixty-eight 1974 graduates were identified by the 10% of the Virginia agricultural education departments selected for the study. A total of eighty-two graduates responded to the questionnaire, which was designed to (1) determine the current status of high school graduates with regard to occupations, further education, economic level, and other demographic factors, (2) ascertain the perceived value of the various components of the agricultural education program by program completers, and (3) determine the reaction of program completers to recent and proposed changes in the agricultural education program. Among the findings for Virginia were that 22.0% of the graduates had gone as far as post-high school education, 54.9% had completed three years of high school agricultural education, 46.3% had belonged to the Future Farmers of America for three years, and 44.9% had had a supervised occupational experience for two years or less. In addition, the median income was $8,437.50 for Virginia graduates as compared to $11,133.37 for the ten Southern states. (The survey questionnaire is appended.) (LRA)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Comparative Analysis, Educational Change, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, High Schools, Job Placement, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Research Reports, School Role, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Success, Surveys, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg. Agricultural Education Program.
Identifiers: United States (South); Virginia
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