ERIC Number: ED219508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
A National Study of the Supply and Demand for Teachers of Vocational Agriculture in 1981.
Craig, David G.
A national study (the seventeenth annual study of its kind) examined the supply and demand for teachers of vocational agriculture in 1981. To obtain data pertaining to supply and demand for vocational agriculture teachers, researchers mailed questionnaires and follow-up letters and made telephone calls to all institutions preparing teachers in vocational agriculture as well as to the offices of state supervisors in agriculture. Information regarding numbers of graduates qualified to teach agriculture and the number of teaching positions available were then tabulated for each state and each institution preparing teachers. Data revealed that while the secondary vocational agriculture supply and demand situation has stabilized in recent years, a shortage of vocational agriculture teachers continues to exist. While fewer secondary teachers are teaching production agriculture and more are teaching ornamental horticulture, the number of postsecondary teachers is balanced among production agriculture, ornamental horticulture, and other specialty areas. Most secondary positions were filled by fully certified teachers. Recommendations called for increased efforts to recruit students into vocational agriculture education, to reduce teacher turnover, and to broaden certification standards. (MN)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Agricultural Education, College Graduates, Educational Demand, Educational Needs, Educational Trends, Employment Patterns, Enrollment Trends, Higher Education, Job Placement, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Questionnaires, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Certification, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Supply and Demand, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Dr. David G. Craig, 225 Morgan Hall, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37901-1071.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Univ., Knoxville. Dept. of Vocational-Technical Education.
Note: For related documents see ED 128 646 and CE 033 415-416.