ERIC Number: ED022911
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Development and Improvement of Directed Work-Experience Programs in Expanded Vocational Education Offerings in Agriculture at the Secondary School Level. Final Report.
Cushman, Harold R.; And Others
The project objectives were to (1) develop empirically tested guidelines and procedures for initiating, developing, and operating cooperative education programs for secondary students in off-farm agricultural occupations, (2) evaluate the effectiveness of cooperative work experience, and (3) determine the effect of the extent of work experience on educational and occupational criteria. The sample included 35 students in agricultural mechanics and 68 students in ornamental horticulture from 16 high schools. Students from 10 high schools were used as a comparison group. Teachers, students, and employers endorsed the effectiveness of the guidelines and procedures used as the structural model. When compared with students enrolled in similar programs without work experience student engaged in directed work experience rated higher in technical knowledge, entry into curriculum-related employment following graduation, and entry into curriculum-related programs of advanced training. No differences were observed in the criterion performance of students with high and low amounts of occupational experience hours. Lists of contributing personnel, instruments used, and scaling models are included in the appendix. Other documents of this series are available as VT 005 938, VT 006 447, and ED 019 494. (DM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Engineering, Comparative Analysis, Control Groups, Cooperative Education, Curriculum Evaluation, Employer Attitudes, Employment Experience, Experimental Groups, Grade 12, High School Students, Measurement Instruments, Off Farm Agricultural Occupations, Ornamental Horticulture, Program Development, Program Guides, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. Coll. of Agriculture at Cornell Univ.