ERIC Number: ED337710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep-24
Reference Count: 0
Revision of the Applied Biological and Agribusiness Interest Inventory. Final Report.
Bennett, Mary Beth
The Applied Biological and Agribusiness Interest Inventory was revised to reflect seven agricultural career clusters and to measure agricultural interest of eighth-grade students. A study conducted in Pennsylvania tested the interests of 8th-grade students and then developed scoring keys using 10th-grade students as the basis for the key. The design of the study included a criterion group (10th graders who had completed at least 1 year of agricultural education and those who had not) and a norm group (8th graders electing to enroll in agricultural education and those who had not). Data were collected on students' agricultural background, gender, parents' background, and future educational plans. Following a pilot test of the instrument, it was administered to 618 8th graders and 195 10th graders. The resulting scores predicted future educational success. The instrument differentiated between students who have and do not have an interest in agriculture. The null hypothesis--that there was no significant difference between the responses of the criterion group and the norm group on each of the 100 items of the revised inventory and that those 10th graders judged successful by agriculture teachers will more positively correlate with the upper half of the 8th-grade scores than they do with the lower half--was rejected. The interest inventory could be used as one part of the career development process to guide students in career selection. (Nine tables and 27 references are included. An appendix contains the revised inventory.) (NLA)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Academic Achievement, Agricultural Education, Career Counseling, Career Development, Career Exploration, Cluster Analysis, Grade 10, Grade 8, Interest Inventories, Occupational Clusters, Parent Background, Secondary Education, Vocational Education, Vocational Interests
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park.