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ERIC Number: ED133450
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Agribusiness and Natural Resources Education in Michigan: Manpower Needs, Competencies Needed, School Program Characteristics. A Final Report.
Thuemmel, William L.; And Others
A study was conducted to assess the agricultural manpower needs in Michigan in terms of present jobs available and jobs projected over the next five years, to identify and validate competencies needed for agricultural entry upon graduation from high school, and to determine the degree of congruency and discrepancy between the characteristics of the present programs of vocational agriculture and the evidence of need based on manpower needs, competencies needed, and student interests and aspirations in agriculture. The methods included were (1) a manpower needs assessment survey of three major occupational areas; (2) the identification and validation of several hundred competencies; and (3) an in-depth review of all ongoing programs of vocational agriculture in 1973-74, including an assessment of the agricultural interests and aspirations of 4,571 tenth graders in 12 schools. Manpower data were obtained from 144 farm operators, 100 nurserymen, and 50 farm equipment dealers. Projections indicated that, over the next four years, twice as many farmers will be needed than are presently being prepared. Output from high school ornamental horticulture and agricultural mechanics programs will have to increase by 500% and 300%, respectively, per year, if supply is to catch up with the projected manpower needs. The number of students with interest in avocational and vocational instruction in agriculture was far in excess of the enrollment in vocational agriculture. (Author/HD)
Descriptors: Agribusiness, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Engineering, Educational Needs, Educational Research, Employment Projections, Enrollment Projections, High School Students, Labor Needs, Natural Resources, Occupational Aspiration, Occupational Information, Ornamental Horticulture, Secondary Education, State Surveys, Student Interests, Task Analysis, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Michigan State Dept. of Education, Lansing. Vocational-Technical Education Service.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Coll. of Agriculture and Natural Resources Education Inst.; Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Dept. of Secondary Education and Curriculum.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan