ERIC Number: ED221699
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Identification of Instructional Needs of Small Farmers in Kansas. Assess the Needs for Agricultural Instruction to Meet Needs of Rural or Urban Residents Who Do Not Depend on Their Land for Major Income.
The major purpose of this study was to identify the instructional needs in agriculture for small farmers in Kansas. Secondary purposes of the study included the identification of individual characteristics of small and part-time farmers for various educational methods, program schedules, and program length. A survey instrument was developed and sent to all Kansas farmers listed as members of Kansas Young Farmers in 1982. Fifty instruments were returned from small farmers, 55 from medium-sized farmers, and 75 from large farmers. The research showed that all types of farmers ranked farm mechanics as the most important instructional area, followed by farm management, crops and soils, and animal science. The small farmers rated the instructional areas as more important than did the medium and large farmers. It was also found that farmers thought they should have an input in identifying instructional topics for adult classes; that the vocational educator must be hands-on oriented; that adults must feel at ease in the educational process; and that students should participate in scheduling the educational program. It was recommended that all categories of farmers be included in the same classes, that special efforts be made to include young farmers in educational programs, and that every effort be made to help farmers apply effective farm management practices. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kansas State Dept. of Education, Topeka. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Univ., Manhattan. Dept. of Adult and Occupational Education.