ERIC Number: ED259109
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Dec
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Analysis of the Occupational Attainment of Agricultural Education Graduates of the High School Class of 1972.
Gordon, Howard R. D.; Camp, William G.
A study examined the effects of participation in a high school agricultural education program on occupational attainment. Using data collected in the National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972, researchers compared the employment patterns and income of 6,585 individuals who had taken at least one semester of agricultural education while in high school to those of students with no history of participation in agricultural education. On initial analysis, participation in agricultural education appeared to affect adversely the socioeconomic attainment of graduates whether they entered an agricultural occupation or not; however, when the effects of such background variables as socioeconomic background, family history, type of community, sex, and race were taken into account, the results of the analysis changed dramatically. Even when statistically significant differences in socioeconomic attainment were found, however, they were too small to be of practical significance, thus reinforcing the conclusion that participation in an agricultural education program while in high school had no practical effect, either positive or negative, on the subsequent job status attainment of graduates. Nor did number of semesters of participation in agricultural education courses have any marked influence on occupational outcomes. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972