ERIC Number: ED187283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
The Southern Survey of Agricultural Majors: Some Implications for the Future of Higher Education in Agriculture.
Cosby, Arthur G.
Some implications of the Southern Survey of Agricultural Majors for the training of agricultural professionals are examined. Women agricultural majors were found to be playing a role in the recent growth in enrollment. Females were found to be less likely than male students to have parents who own farms. It is claimed that agricultural education in the university is losing its rural tradition, and the female student is a key actor in the process. The desire to work with animals or some equivalent orientation seems to be an important career motivation for many women students. For both men and women in the study, there seems to be a strong emphasis for the desirability of rural residence and rural lifestyle associated with the selection of agriculture. The survey also includes information about the sex-role attitudes of the students, which may have an impact on colleges of agriculture. This new enrollment of women will place demands for changes in curriculum, counseling, and placement. Changes affecting higher education in agriculture are discussed in terms of a particularistic versus a generalistic agenda of learning. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: United States (South)