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ERIC Number: ED180567
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Pages: 62
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Science Education in Two-Year Colleges: Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Beckwith, Miriam M.
Agricultural and natural resources education in two-year colleges is examined as revealed by a study of science education that involved: (1) a review of the literature, (2) an examination of 175 college catalogs and class schedules from colleges nationwide, and (3) a survey of 1,275 science teachers. Part I of the study report discusses agriculture and natural science curricula in terms of the number of courses listed in the catalogs for each of eight categories: agriculture (general), animal science, plant science, soil science, natural resources (general), forestry, wildlife and wildlands, and food science. Data tables outline course offerings by college region, type of control, and size; the percent of courses in each category by instructional mode; and the percent of courses with prerequisites. Part II discusses the results of the faculty survey, providing information on agriculture and natural resources faculty, students, course goals, instructional activities, grading and testing, instructional materials, and course improvement. Part III presents summary statements pointing to the growth of agriculture and natural resources programs and the need to improve basic science and math prerequisites, communication skills of students, and the use of media in agriculture instruction. The survey questionnaire is appended. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.; ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.