ERIC Number: ED221715
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Role of the Agricultural Education Teacher in the Young Farmer Program of Virginia.
A study was conducted to determine the most effective procedures being used by agricultural education teachers in conducting young farmer programs in Virginia. A questionnaire containing 111 procedures was developed and administered to 83 young farmer teachers from approximately 80 percent of the Virginia departments with young farmer programs. The procedures were classified under five categories: (1) locating and enrolling young farmer members; (2) determining instructional needs; (3) planning instructional programs; (4) providing instruction; and (5) evaluating results. The teachers rated the procedures they had used as being very effective, above average, average, below average, or not effective. The procedures in each category were ranked according to their mean effectiveness scores. Recommendations for their use were based on the teachers' ratings and the percentage of teachers who had used the procedures. T-Test comparisons were made between mean ratings of procedures and the number of years the teachers had taught young farmers. From these comparisons it was concluded that more experienced agricultural education teachers in Virginia tended to rate some procedures used in conducting young farmer programs at a higher rate of effectiveness than less experienced teachers. It was recommended that the inservice training guide for young farmer programs should be revised to include the procedures that were identified as more effective in this study; and those procedures rated most effective should be used as a guide in conducting young farmer programs in Virginia. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Univ., Petersburg. Dept. of Agricultural Education.