ERIC Number: ED220240
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Higher Education In Agriculture: Students at Southern Land-Grant Universities. Southern Cooperative Series Bulletin 270.
Dunkelberger, John E.; And Others
Students from 24 southern 1862 and 1890 land-grant universities were mailed questionnaires focusing on 5 topics of concern to persons in agricultural education administration, teaching, and counseling--family and personal backgrounds, high school and college experiences, work and employment experiences, personal goals (aspirations), and attitudes toward selected issues related to agriculture and agricultural occupations. A return rate of 60% from 1890 schools and 74% from 1862 schools provided a sample of 3,178 students, of whom 27.2% were female, 5.3% were black, 13.7% were married, 58% were juniors and seniors, 44.1% were oldest-youngest-only child, 62.8% grew up on a farm or in a rural area smaller than 10,000 population, and 14.1% came from a city 500,000 or larger. Almost all the students had been employed in a part-time or full-time job which was agricultural but nonfarm in nature. Sixty-five percent of the students were influenced in their choice of an agricultural major by family members. The virtually universal reason for choosing an agricultural major was to prepare for a career. That agricultural students are considerably different from their predecessors of a generation ago was vividly portrayed by the sizeable proportions of women and urban students, and the increased number of black students. (BRR)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Blacks, College Students, Educational Background, Family Characteristics, Family Influence, Females, Higher Education, Land Grant Universities, Majors (Students), Occupational Aspiration, Profiles, Rural Youth, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Urban Youth, Work Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Agricultural Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Auburn Univ., AL. Agricultural Experiment Station.