ERIC Number: ED115961
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Developmental Research of Off-Farm Agricultural Businesses in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Final Report.
Berks County Schools, Reading, PA.
Student vocational interest and agricultural business surveys were conducted in Berks County, Pennsylvania to gauge career opportunities in off-farm agricultural occupations. The seven categories of businesses surveyed included agriculture supplies, agriculture mechanics, horticulture mechanics, floriculture, landscaping, turf, and garden center sales. Over 25,000 students and parents were surveyed, but a low percentage of returns failed to reveal accurately student career interests. The business surveys indicated increased demand for training in ornamental horticulture. To meet this educational demand, a pilot program of curriculum development was established for selected high school seniors through the cooperative efforts of Berks County vocational-technical schools and Nolde State Park Environmental Education Center. The program included classroom instruction in air and water pollution, land use and management, energy and waste disposal problems, and wildlife concerns; visits to resource facilities; hands-on experience; seminars with resource personnel; and student research projects. As a result of student pretesting and posttesting, employer evaluations, and student questionnaire responses, an ornamental horticulture pilot program was initiated in Berks County vocational-technical schools. Survey instruments, results, and program related materials are appended. (KN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Research Coordinating Unit for Vocational Education, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: Berks County Schools, Reading, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania