ERIC Number: ED167780
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-up of Agricultural Education Graduates from Texas A&M University for the Years 1965-1971. Departmental Information Report No. 78-6.
Webb, Earl S.; And Others
A follow-up study of agricultural education graduates from Texas A & M University was conducted to determine the effectiveness of the curriculum in agricultural education at the University in the preparation of graduates for careers in agriculture and to determine the factors which might influence the choice of and success in either teaching or alternate careers. Data were obtained from 186 of the 280 questionnaires mailed to graduates for the years 1965 through 1971. Results of the study include the following: the factor that influenced graduates most to major in agricultural education was the desire to secure a broad knowledge of scientific agriculture; more course hours in horticulture were recommended; and the factor that had the greatest degree of influence on graduates to enter the teaching profession was the opportunity to work with youth (the greatest dislikes were the salary level and lack of advancement opportunities). It was concluded that former students were satisfied with their curricular experiences at Texas A & M University. Finally, based on the findings, the following recommendations were made: more courses in horticulture should be added to the curriculum in agricultural education; efforts should be increased to encourage students to take advantage of career counseling on the campus; and students who do not plan to teach should be directed into courses in journalism and business. (JH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Dept. of Agricultural Education.
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology.