ERIC Number: ED198255
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Identification and Comparison of Factors Influencing Oklahoma Vocational Agriculture Instructors to Remain in the Profession.
White, James D.
A study was conducted to identify and compare factors influencing teachers of vocational agriculture to continue their careers in the teaching profession. The major data source for the study was a 74-item questionnaire which focused on selected variables identified in previous studies. Responses from 216 teachers (84 percent) were treated and presented in two groups (supervisory district and experience) and in a summary of statements classified as tangible or intangible. Findings indicated that the major reasons that teachers remain in the profession are Future Farmer of America and adult farmer organization activities and teaching situation. Community support was considered to be of great influence across all experience groups except teachers with 20-24 years of experience. Only six tangible factors were perceived as having great influence on teachers' decisions to remain in the profession, while 22 intangible factors were perceived as having great influence. Among the highest ranked intangible factors were (1) satisfaction experienced in helping others and (2) satisfaction and pride in student acomplishment. (The survey instrument is appended.) (LRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater. Dept. of Agricultural Education.