ERIC Number: ED022868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963
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An Evaluation of Selected Aspects of Agricultural Education Programs in the Inter-Regional Land Grant Institutions of the United States.
Bronson, Clement A.
The purpose of the study was to (1) ascertain necessary appraisal factors for educational programs of departments of agricultural education, (2) evaluate teacher education programs in agriculture, and (3) discover strengths, weaknesses, and needed changes. Preliminary position statements were submitted to a jury of 15 head teacher educators. A modified draft, questionnaire, and evaluation schedule were resubmitted for final adoption by the jury. Major agricultural education program objectives, agreed upon by the jury, concerned: (1) trainee recruitment, (2) training cirriculum, (3) teacher placement, (4) inservice teacher education, (5) research, (6) administration and supervision, (7) staff, (8) instruction, (9) facilities, and (10) public relations. The position statements upon which the evaluation criteria were based were operationally sound as a basis for evaluating current programs. Agricultural education departments in one quasi-land-grant and 14 land grant institutions were studied. The weakest areas in teacher education programs were research, trainee recruitment, and public relations. The strongest areas were staff, training curriculum, and institutional facilities. Identified needs were : (1) increases in professional and clerical personnel, (2) cooperative research among institutions to provide programs and solve reciprocal problems, and (3) systematic internal department evaluation programs. (JM)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Educational Objectives, Evaluation Criteria, Land Grant Universities, Program Evaluation, Teacher Education
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