ERIC Number: ED117424
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
A Study to Determine an Acceptable Teaching Load in Vocational Agriculture. Final Report for the Period May 10, 1974-June 30, 1975.
Gallagher, Robert E.
The document studies the problem of student overload in vocational agriculture programs in the State of Washington, examining its impact on teaching effectiveness and shop safety. The present teaching load is compared with an evaluation of an acceptable teaching and student load. Two questionnaires collected data: (1) regarding the present teaching load (136 of 197 sent to vocational agriculture instructors were returned), and (2) evaluating an acceptable teaching load (335 of 469 sent to school superintendents, principals, and vocational agriculture instructors were returned). An analysis of the data concluded that: (1) not enough is known about the cooperative education program in vocational agriculture, (2) inadequate time for supervision is allowed for the majority of instructors, (3) majority of the programs need more instructors, (4) supervised farming projects and the Future Farmers of America are adversely affected by student overload, (5) 13 to 30 students should be able to be supervised in a cooperative education program, (6) an agriculture classroom should consist of 16-20 students, with shop classes between 14 and 16 students, and (7) 75-80 students is an acceptable teaching load. A series of 37 tables support the analysis. Questionnaires and form letters used in the study are appended. (Author/EC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Washington Research Coordinating Unit for Vocational Education, Olympia.
Authoring Institution: Washington State Univ., Pullman.
Identifiers - Location: Washington