ERIC Number: ED230766
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Relationship of Vocational Agriculture Student Satisfaction to Selected Student, School, and Program Variables. A Report of Research.
Arrington, Larry R.; Price, William H.
This study was conducted to determine the level of satisfaction that high school seniors had with the competencies developed while enrolled in vocational agricultural programs in Florida. In addition, the study described selected demographic characteristics of senior vocational agricultural students and identified those demographic variables that were related to participant satisfaction. Data were gathered through telephone interviews with a random sample of 312 seniors in vocational agricultural programs in Florida high schools. Some of the findings were as follows: (1) females and racial minorities were seriously underrepresented among the students; (2) almost one-half of the seniors indicated that they planned to continue their education after graduation; (3) about 14 percent of the seniors were planning to enter farming or an agriculture-related occupation immediately after graduation; (4) although most of the seniors said they were from a rural background, two-thirds of the students lived on five acres or less; (5) although most students had been enrolled in vocational agriculture and had been involved in Future Farmers of America (FFA) for more than two years, less than half of the members had progressed through FFA degrees or had participated in an FFA contest in their senior year; and (6) teachers did not seem to be doing an adequate job of supervising work experience programs. The study also found that the seniors indicated a high degree of satisfaction with their programs, except for career guidance. Variables related to satisfaction were years of involvement in work experience and in FFA, perception of the adequacy of land laboratories, and teacher availability in the summer. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Inst. of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Identifiers: Florida; Future Farmers of America