ERIC Number: ED215208
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Data Base for a Job Opportunity Vocational Agricultural Program Planning Model.
Baggett, Connie D.; And Others
A job opportunity-based curriculum planning model was developed for high school vocational agriculture programs. Three objectives were to identify boundaries of the geographical area within which past program graduates obtained entry-level position, title and description of position, and areas of high school specialization; number and titles of job-entry positions, average annual openings for such positions, and projected future needs of agricultural businesses in the geographical area; and competencies required for job entry-level positions. Two instruments were developed to sample 1,198 one-, two- and three-year graduates of 35 Pennsylvania high schools (to provide five samples of each of seven instructional areas of vocational agriculture) and 31 agricultural businesses. The end product was an eight-stage job opportunity planning model: (1) survey graduates; (2) determine miles to first job, graduates' programs, graduates' first job; (3) survey employers in area including at least 80% of the graduates; (4) determine labor and student occupational needs; (5) determine skills and skill levels needed for meaningful jobs in industry; (6) match skills with courses and course requirements; (7) teach students skills and competencies; (8) place students in jobs. Information was also obtained regarding graduates' employment history, methods used to secure entry-level employment, and adequacy of vocational training. (Instruments are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Dept. of Agricultural and Extension Education.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19, 1982).