ERIC Number: ED266293
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
Pedagogical Inservice Needs and Activities of Postsecondary Agriculture Instructors in the United States. Final Report.
Harmon, Hobart L.
The purpose of this study was to determine the pedagogical inservice needs of postsecondary agriculture instructors in the United States by type of institution, and to determine the types of inservice activities available to postsecondary agriculture instructors by type of institution. A survey questionnaire was mailed to a stratified random sample of 430 instructors. The 306 instructors who replied rated 118 pedagogical competencies and 19 inservice activities. The results of the survey showed that full-time instructors expressed greater need for inservice education regarding pedagogical competencies than part-time instructors. Part-time instructors rated availability of inservice activities at their institutions higher than full-time instructors did. However, more than one-third of the part-time instructors did not know what inservice activities were available at their institutions. Instructors at institutions offering bachelor's degrees and above in agriculture had less inservice need for pedagogical competencies than instructors in institutions offering two-year degrees or less. Instructors in the bachelor's degree-granting institutions see their greatest pedagogical inservice need to be "teaching with the aid of a microcomputer," while instructors at institutions granting lower degrees perceived their highest inservice need to be "recruiting students" for their programs. The results of the study can be used to help educators and supervisors of postsecondary agriculture instructors to meet the divergent needs of instructors at different types of institutions. Appendices contain letters of correspondence, the final questionnaire, and tables of statistical data. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Dept. of Agricultural and Extension Education.