ERIC Number: ED364705
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Supervised Occupational Experience Programs in Vocational Agriculture. Bulletin No. 705.
Pals, Douglas A.; Slocombe, John W.
A 1985 study examined the quality and quantity of Idaho supervised occupational experience (SOE) programs as perceived by a sample of 38 instructors and 1,198 students who returned questionnaires sent to all vocational agriculture students and teachers throughout the state. Data on the value of SOE as perceived by parents, employers, and vocational agriculture instructors were also collected. Eighty percent of the responding students had conducted an SOE program within the previous 12 months. Livestock programs were the most popular, and facilities and past experience were cited as the most important factors influencing program participation/selection. The vocational agriculture instructors indicated strong school district support for SOE programs; 97.4% were provided with extended contracts. According to the students, the biggest benefits of SOE are development of behavioral attitudes, values, and human relations skills. Parents, employers, and vocational agriculture instructors all considered SOE beneficial to vocational agriculture students; however, the three groups had significantly different ratings for 27 of the 30 benefits rated. A 1987 pilot study of a nontraditional SOE concept indicated that the nontraditional approach improves student attitudes toward SOE only slightly. (Contains 12 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Idaho Univ., Moscow. Cooperative Extension Service.