ERIC Number: ED047216
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
The Development and Evaluation of Farm Management Instructional Units for Young Adult Farmer Education.
Peirce, Harry Edgar, Jr.
The purposes of this study were to: develop and measure the effectiveness of instructional units designed to enable young adult farmers to improve their ability to use farm management principles when making decisions, and measure the influence that independent variables have on the young farmer's level of understanding these principles. McCormick's testing instrument for measuring "Seven Profit-Maximizing Principles" was revised slightly to measure the understanding of farm management principles by the farmers who were placed in experimental and control groups. Questionnaires were also prepared to determine the young adult farmer and teacher reaction to the instructional units. The prepared units, when used by teachers with inservice training on their use, were significantly more effective than traditional techniques of teaching farm management as measured by the post-test scores. Teachers who used the units without inservice training ranked second in effectiveness out of three instructional approaches but were not significantly better than those who used traditional techniques. Students with the most formal education and managerial responsibility and best attendance at farm management meetings had a better understanding of farm management principles; older, married, and more experienced students scored higher on exams. (Author/NL)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Agricultural Education, Conventional Instruction, Doctoral Dissertations, Evaluation, Experience, Farm Management, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Materials, Investigations, Marital Status, Material Development, Responsibility, Vocational Education Teachers, Young Farmer Education
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Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY.
Note: Ph.D. Thesis