ERIC Number: ED249353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Assessment of Competencies Possessed by Students Enrolled in the Fundamentals of Agribusiness and Natural Resources Occupations Program. A Report of Research.
McGhee, Max B.; Cheek, Jimmy G.
The central purpose of this study was to assess the level of mastery of Florida secondary students enrolled in fundamentals of agribusiness and natural resources occupations programs during the 1982-83 school year. In addition, the study sought to (1) determine level of mastery on the Fundamentals of Agribusiness Occupations Achievement Test (FAOAT); (2) compare students' levels of mastery on the FAOAT according to selected demographic variables; (3) determine which recommended competencies are in fact being taught by teachers; and (4) determine the percentage of time devoted to the six major content areas in the fundamentals program. Data were collected from 2,011 students and 54 teachers of agriculture in 50 secondary schools. The study found that students' mean level of mastery on the 60-item FAOAT was slightly more than 57 percent, with students performing best on questions related to agribusiness management and plant science and poorest on agricultural mechanics questions. The study also found that students taking the FAOAT who were currently members of Future Farmers of America (FFA) had significantly higher scores than students who were not in FFA, as did students who were in supervised occupational experiences. In addition, college-bound students, students with plans to enter agricultural occupations or the military, or those who had no plans scored higher than students who planned to enter a non-agricultural career field. Almost 70 percent of the 76 competencies listed as fundamental were taught by 50 percent or more of the teachers responding to the survey. All of the competencies in the leadership area were taught by 75 percent or more of the teachers, while only 2 of the 16 competencies in the agricultural mechanics content area were taught by 75 percent or more of the teachers. The study recommended strengthening the agricultural mechanics component of the programs and encouraging students to join FFA and become involved with supervised occupational experiences. (The FOAOT and related materials make up about half the document.) (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Agribusiness, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Engineering, Competence, Competency Based Education, Educational Needs, Farm Occupations, Natural Resources, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Inst. of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Note: For related documents, see ED 230 768-773 and CE 039 760-761.