ERIC Number: ED235372
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Predicting Whether or Not Agricultural Education Graduates Will Teach. A Report of Research.
Cheek, Jimmy G.; And Others
A study examined screening measures that are used to predict whether a student will teach after graduation from an agricultural education program. The population for the study consisted of 72 student teachers studying in the Department of Agricultural Education at the University of South Florida from 1977 to 1982. Before starting student teaching, each student completed a background questionnaire, the Tennessee Self-Concept Scale and the Work Value Inventory. Immediately after student teaching, each student took the Purdue Student Teacher Opinionnaire (PSTO). Upon graduation from the agricultural education program, the students were contacted to determine whether they had taken a teaching position. Based on the results of a comparative analysis of all of these data collection measures, the researchers concluded that the PSTO was the only screening instrument that was predictive of whether or not agricultural education students would teach after graduation. Of the 13 predictor variables analyzed, only age seemed to have any significant predictive value. While age and performance on the PSTO were statistically more accurate than the other predictors, they predicted only 53 percent of the cases correctly. This suggests that it may be impractical to predict which agricultural education student will teach based upon demographic, self-concept, work value, and morale measures. (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Agricultural Education, Career Choice, Demography, Education Majors, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Predictor Variables, Preservice Teacher Education, Questionnaires, Screening Tests, Student Teachers, Surveys, Test Reliability, Test Validity, Values, Vocational Education, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Inst. of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Identifiers: Purdue Student Teacher Opinionnaire; Tennessee Self Concept Scale; University of Florida; Work Values Inventory