ERIC Number: ED262279
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Development and Strengthening of Agricultural Education in St. Lucia. A Report.
Meaders, O. Donald
A study examined present agricultural education programs in Saint Lucia and made recommendations for needed improvements. Data for the evauation 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 the Saint Lucia College of Agriculture. The existing shortage of appropriately trained agriculturalists in Saint Lucia sorely limits the possibility of the further development of agriculture in the country. Strengthening the country's program to prepare agricultural education teachers and improving agricultural and general training at the primary and secondary levels are crucial to the country's development. To accomplish this, the Ministry of Education should have at least one staff member specifically assigned the responsibility of administering and supervising agricultural education. Moreover, two persons should be assigned the task of coordinating agricultural programs in the primary and secondary schools. More and better prepared agriculture teachers are needed at all levels, and periodic studies (occurring at least every 3 years) should be conducted to determine the occupational attainments of graduates of agriculture programs. (Appendixes to this report include a listing of documents reviewed by the researcher, data on present staffing and training needs in Saint Lucia, and a brochure detailing a Michigan State University-sponsored overseas study program dealing with agricultural development and education in Taiwan.) (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 Lucia; Taiwan