ERIC Number: ED338895
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Aquaculture Industry in Texas to Assist in Establishing Aquaculture as a Course Offering in Agricultural Science and Technology. Final Report.
Dillingham, John; And Others
A 1989-90 project determined the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the aquaculture industry. The study identified technical materials and other resources available in private industry and higher education institutions. Two surveys determined the status of aquaculture in Texas school districts and identified tasks performed by crawfish and catfish producers. Analysis of these surveys (of five crawfish producers and six catfish producers) showed that about one-half of the 50 task details of crawfish producers and over one-half of the 55 task details of catfish producers were performed on a daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly basis. Performance of all crawfish producer tasks and 53 catfish producer tasks was determined to be very important. Aquaculture research result from industry and higher education were reviewed, and aquaculture curriculum materials nationwide were evaluated. Textbooks tended to be very specialized and were written at college-level understanding and readability. The following recommendations were made: (1) preparation of an introductory curriculum; (2) planning of laboratory facilities; (3) use of an articulated curriculum development approach; and (4) supplementing of agricultural experience programs with aquaculture principles and procedures. (Following the 18-page report are 136 references, survey results, preliminary aquaculture science course outlines, instruments, and correspondence.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Texas State Univ., San Marcos.
Identifiers: Aquaculture; Texas