ERIC Number: ED205355
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Profile of Southern Agriculture Students. Journal Series No. 1-810032 of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station.
Dunkelberger, John E.; And Others
Questionnaires which focused on attributes of undergraduate agriculture students and their reasons for enrolling in agriculture were returned by 3,182 students attending land-grant universities in the South, and a profile of Southern agriculture students evolved. During the 1970's, more women and fewer Blacks enrolled in agricultural curricula. While fewer than half of the students grew up in rural areas, almost two-thirds of their parents had grown up in rural areas. Half of their fathers were professionals or in managerial and administrative occupations. High schools attended varied widely in size. Most students reported above average grades in high school. A majority (59%) had farm work experience. Parents were the major influence in choosing an agriculture major. More than one-third indicated that college friends and college teachers/advisors had influenced them to choose an agriculture major. Most chose that major to prepare for a career. A majority expected good income prospects in agriculture and had had successful agricultural experiences. While two-thirds of the students associated their occupational goals with agriculture, only 17% wanted to farm. The majority worked to contribute financially toward their education. Students' preference for country life and their sense of altruism were important motivations in choosing an agriculture major. (CM)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Agricultural Education, Blacks, College Students, Educational Background, Family Characteristics, Family Influence, Females, Higher Education, Land Grant Universities, Majors (Students), Occupational Aspiration, Parent Financial Contribution, Profiles, Rural Areas, Self Concept, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Work Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Auburn Univ., AL. Agricultural Experiment Station.