ERIC Number: ED193477
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Status of Gifted Students in Vocational Agriculture Classes in the United States. Final Report. Teacher Education Series, Volume 21, Number 2.
Pandya, Himanshu S.
The number of gifted students in high school vocational agriculture classes has increased four-fold in the last five years, according to a study of enrollment, methods of identification, curricular, and co-curricular and career awareness activities available to gifted students in schools offering vocational agriculture in the United States. A survey, mailed to a sample of Pennsylvania agriculture teachers in 224 departments and a random sample of 100 other vocational agriculture teachers in the United States, their 324 school administrators, and their gifted vocational agriculture students who graduated from 1974 to 1979, found 317 identified gifted students enrolled in vocational agriculture (extrapolated to show 22,000 enrolled at the national level). It also showed that gifted students are most often identified by means of IQ tests and/or nominations by teachers. Both teachers and administrators surveyed wanted information on how to teach the gifted, and on flexible and challenging programs. In addition, survey results showed that very few vocational agriculture teachers conducted career awareness programs for gifted students prior to their enrollment in vocational agricultural courses. (The report contains information on how the sample population was selected, the questionnaires used, and a bibliography.) (KC)
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Administrator Attitudes, Agricultural Education, Career Guidance, Enrichment Activities, Enrollment, Extracurricular Activities, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, High Schools, Identification, National Surveys, Prevocational Education, Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Research Coordinating Unit for Vocational Education, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park.
Identifiers: Pennsylvania; United States