ERIC Number: ED337693
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul-23
Reference Count: N/A
Factors Related to the Participation of Pennsylvania Agricultural Education Teachers in Professional Development Activities. Final Report.
Hall, David E.
A study examined factors related to the participation of Pennsylvania agricultural education teachers in professional development activities. Specifically, it sought to describe the relationship or differences between participation in professional development activities, professional attitude, and 22 selected demographic factors. A questionnaire was developed and mailed to the population of 291 agricultural education teachers listed in a Pennsylvania directory. The instrument gathered data in four areas (professional development participation, professional attitude, demographics, and perceptions of professional development activities) from the 215 teachers (74 percent) who replied. Professional attitude and 7 of the 22 demographic factors had a significant relationship to teacher participation in professional development activities. Professional attitude had a positive relationship with participation. The following selected demographic factors also showed a positive relationship: former Future Farmers of America membership, length of teaching contract, financial contribution of a teacher's local school district toward inservice training, financial contribution of a teacher's local school district toward graduate credit, and having children who are teachers. The only factor showing a negative relationship to participation was having a full-time summer job away from the school in addition to teaching. (The study includes 66 references, letters of correspondence, final questionnaire and code book, and 36 tables.) (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Pennsylvania State University.