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ERIC Number: ED253726
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Effectiveness of SOE in Montana's Vocational Agriculture Program.
Van Shelhamer, C.
A study was designed to determine the strengths and weaknesses of Supervised Occupational Experience (SOE) in Montana and the extent to which vocational agriculture teachers were using it to enhance their students' education. The student population consisted of 144 vocational agriculture students who had submitted records on SOE projects. All vocational agriculture teachers in Montana with at least one year of teaching experience formed the teacher population. Although almost all vocational agriculture teachers said they required SOE, almost one-half of the students indicated they were not told of the requirement. Students reported that parents as well as teachers provided assistance in planning an SOE. Data indicated that recordkeeping and classroom instruction are the two areas in which teachers provide the greatest amount of assistance. On-site instructional visits were more frequent for seniors. Most students did not find the teacher's visits helpful. Students felt recordkeeping, decision making, planning, goal setting, and developing responsibility are the most important experiences gained by having an SOE. Both teachers and students reported that SOE was used to determine grades. Data revealed general agreement between teachers and students with regard to SOE. Implications of the study are noted and eight recommendations for Montana's vocational agriculture program are provided. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Montana State Office of Public Instruction, Helena. Dept. of Vocational Education Services.
Authoring Institution: Montana State Univ., Bozeman. Dept. of Agricultural and Industrial Education.