ERIC Number: ED337619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Agricultural Education and Farming in Taiwan: A Study of the Graduates from Vocational and Technical Agriculture Programs.
Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Dept. of Agricultural and Extension Education.; National Chung Hsing Univ., Taichung (Taiwan).
A research project studied the accomplishments of 399 of the 3,780 1982 and 1984 graduates from 6 senior vocational agriculture programs and 500 of the 2,661 1984 graduates from 2 technical agriculture institutes in Taiwan. Information was also provided from the graduates' schools and about older graduates from a 1975 study. Data were gathered through mailed surveys. The project sought information about the educational and occupational attainments, opinions of the graduates about their schooling, and more specific information from those who were engaged in farming. Some of the results of the study were the following: (1) about 40 percent of the vocational agriculture program graduates were employed in agricultural occupations; (2) younger graduates of either type of program were much more likely than older graduates to be employed in private enterprises, whereas older graduates tended to work for the government; (3) four times as many older graduates in vocational agriculture were in nonfarming positions than were younger graduates; (4) about two-thirds of the respondents indicated that the vocational agriculture program was not helpful in getting their first job; (5) more than 20 percent of the 1984 graduates of technical agriculture institutes attended another college or university after graduation; (6) about one-third of the older graduates and 46 percent of the recent graduates of the vocational programs were engaged in farming; and (7) very few of the technical institute graduates were farmers. Recommendations were made for improvement in all areas of agricultural education. (Three appendixes contain tables of data from the research and the survey forms. The document is written in English and Chinese.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Multilingual/Bilingual Materials; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council of Agriculture, Taipei (Taiwan).
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Dept. of Agricultural and Extension Education.; National Chung Hsing Univ., Taichung (Taiwan).