ERIC Number: ED210556
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Priorities for Research in Agricultural Education.
Mannebach, Alfred J.
Several methods for determining priorities for research in agricultural education can be cited. These include the following: to rely on individual initiative, as has been done in the past; to get organized as a profession and reach agreement regarding research priorities at the national, regional, or state levels; to wait for federal and state direction regarding research priorities; or to obtain input from the various publics regarding what agricultural education's priorities should be. Research priorities can also be approached from the standpoint of process and product. Some process approaches that might be considered include: (1) inventorying those problems that have no current answers to find priorities (educational ignorance), (2) determining felt need--but whose need?, (3) waiting for federal or state initiative, which may be blocked by fund shortages; and (4) expecting leadership from the profession--if it has the resources needed. A look at the "product" of research reveals many valid areas for research in agricultural education, such as annual personnel needs in agricultural occupations, agricultural curricula, agricultural special needs students, impact of Future Farmers of America, predictors of success in students and teachers, and many other potential research subjects. One example of an area that could spawn many research projects is the assessment of parttime employment of in-school youth. Thinking about the questions raised regarding process and product of agricultural education research should aid the profession in determining relevant actions to take to determine research priorities. (KC)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Educational Research, Higher Education, Institutional Role, Part Time Employment, Policy Formation, Research Methodology, Research Needs, Research Problems, Research Projects, Research Utilization, Secondary Education, Vocational Education, Work Study Programs
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Vocational Association (Atlanta, GA, December 4, 1981).