ERIC Number: ED198970
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Agronomy Students at Southern Land-Grant Universities.
Dunkelberger, John E.; Molnar, Joseph J.
The background characteristics, occupational goals, and attitudes of agriculture students enrolled in 1890 and 1862 land grant universities in 1977 were examined by questionnaire, to construct a profile of agronomy majors as compared to animal science majors and to agriculture majors as a whole. Females comprised 38.2% of animal science majors but only 15.8% of agronomy students. Among agronomy majors, 15.6% were non-white, 7.3% were foreign, 20% were married, and 39.4% from families whose primary income came from farming; these percentages were higher than for animal science majors or agriculture majors as a whole. Among agronomy majors, 70.5% had agriculture-related work experience, 55.3% had worked as hired labor on a farm or ranch, and 54% had worked on the family farm or ranch. In terms of occupational goals, 31.4% of agronomy majors wanted to operate or manage a farm, 36.3% wanted professional and technical occupations, and 18.3% wanted to be non-farm managers or administrators. Only 9.9% desired agricultural service occupations, compared to 53.8% of animal science majors. Regarding factors influencing choice of college major, perceptions of agriculture students in general, and attitudes toward agricultural issues, agronomy students were similar to animal science majors and to agricultural students as a whole. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, Auburn.