ERIC Number: ED110794
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Attitudes of Administrators and Guidance Counselors Regarding Vocational Agriculture. Summary Research 4.
McGhee, Maxie B.; Bender, Ralph E.
The study surveyed the attitudes toward vocational agriculture of all West Virginia superintendents, principals, county vocational directors, and guidance counselors in schools offering vocational agriculture. Survey was through Likert-type attitude scales (included in the appendix) to which all 257 individuals in the population responded. Independent variables included: years in present position, previous enrollment in vocational agriculture, years vocational agriculture had been offered in the school and the county, membership in vocational professional associations, instructional areas of certification, understanding of goals and objectives of vocational agriculture, attitudes toward vocational agriculture teachers, and effectiveness ranking of departments and teachers by State supervisors and teacher educators. Results indicated all four groups were relatively favorable toward vocational agriculture and fairly accurate in understanding its objectives. Respondents who were certified in vocational agriculture and members of vocational professional associations tended to have a more favorable attitude toward vocational agriculture. All four groups also tended to have favorable attitudes regarding teachers of agriculture; guidance counselors tended to be the most favorable. High positive relationships were indicated between teacher educators and supervisors on their department/teacher rankings. Concluding recommendations by the authors relate to further program improvement. (EA)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Agricultural Education, Attitude Measures, Counselor Attitudes, Educational Attitudes, Educational Background, Educational Objectives, Performance, Professional Associations, Professional Recognition, Program Effectiveness, State Supervisors, State Surveys, Tables (Data), Teacher Educators, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: West Virginia State Dept. of Education, Charleston. Bureau of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Dept. of Agricultural Education.
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia