ERIC Number: ED195707
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Study to Determine Influencing Factors for Selecting Agricultural Education as a Career. Final Report.
Hillson, John; Hagee, Gale
A descriptive research study was conducted to determine those factors influencing people to select a career in agricultural education. Undergraduate students majoring in agricultural education at Virginia Tech and randomly chosen Virginia vocational agriculture teachers were surveyed by the use of a project-developed instrument. Among the findings of the study was that the categories of high school influences and instructor influences had greater impact on males. The category of personal reasons had greater impact on females. The four categories of previous work experience, economic/social, high school influences, and instructor influence were significantly different for various types of majors. The categories displaying the greatest significant difference for years of enrollment in vocational agriculture were high school influences and instructor influences. In addition, it was found that subjects with a major in agricultural education chose a career in agricultural education at a younger age than any other college major classification. The two most influential categories for all subjects in choosing a career in agricultural education were economic/social and personal reasons. (The survey instrument is appended.) (LRA)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Background, Career Choice, Decision Making, Educational Research, Females, Higher Education, Influences, Males, School Role, Socioeconomic Influences, State Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Employment, Teacher Influence, Teacher Shortage, Teaching (Occupation), Undergraduate Students, Vocational Education Teachers, Work Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg. Div. of Vocational-Technical Education.