ERIC Number: ED262278
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-2
Reference Count: N/A
Development and Strengthening of Agricultural Education in St. Vincent. A Report.
Meaders, O. Donald
A study examined present agricultural education programs in Saint Vincent and made recommendations for needed improvements. Data for the evaluation were obtained from numerous documents and publications, field trips, and discussions with key officials in various ministries and institutions, including the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Education, and various schools, colleges, and associations throughout the country. The agricultural sector is crucial to the economic development of Saint Vincent: it provides about two-thirds of the country's employment and is the country's main source of foreign exchange. However, the country's general population, and farmers in particular, lack adequate knowledge and understanding of the principles of marketing. To meet the need for such information, policymakers at both the ministries of agriculture and education should take steps to improve agricultural education at all levels, with particular attention to teacher training policies and practices. In addition, criteria for admission into diploma programs in agricultural education should be upgraded, existing educational facilities should be updated and expanded, and followup studies should be conducted to assess the success of graduates of agricultural programs. (Appendixes to this report include a listing of documents reviewed by the researcher and data on present staffing and training needs in Saint Vincent.) (MN)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Change Strategies, Curriculum Development, Economic Development, Educational Cooperation, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, School Role, Teacher Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Dept. of Agricultural and Extension Education.
Identifiers - Location: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines