ERIC Number: ED180567
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
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)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Animal Husbandry, College Curriculum, Community Colleges, Core Curriculum, Course Objectives, Courses, Curriculum Problems, Curriculum Research, Forestry, Grading, Instructional Materials, Literature Reviews, National Surveys, Natural Resources, Plant Science, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Soil Science, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Methods, Testing, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education Teachers, Wildlife Management
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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.