ERIC Number: ED200768
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Career Information Needed by Classroom Teachers.
Hillison, John; Hagee, Gale
A study was conducted to determine those factors influencing people to select a career in agricultural education. Specific objectives of the study were to determine the following differences in influencing factors: (1) between pre-service students and teachers for selecting agricultural education as a major and teaching as a career; (2) between males and females; (3) between former enrollment and non-enrollment in vocational agriculture; (4) between membership and non-membership in undergraduate student organizations; and (5) in age for deciding to major in agricultural education and selecting teaching as a career by major and vocational agriculture enrollment. The study was conducted by means of a research survey developed by the project and administered to 54 Virginia Tech majors enrolled in agricultural education courses during the fall and winter of 1979-80, and to 200 vocational agriculture teachers randomly selected (177 returns). Data were analyzed by both descriptive and inferential statistics. The study concluded that pre-service students chose a career in agricultural education for the same reasons as teachers; some of those reasons include the following: high school influences and instructor influences (higher impact on males) and personal reasons (higher impact on females); participation in enrollment in vocational agriculture for five years; economic/social and personal reasons. The study also showed that salary was not an important influencing factor in choice of vocational agriculture as a career, and that subjects with a major in agricultural education chose that field as a career at a younger age than any other college major. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Virginia Polytechnic Inst and State Univ
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).