ERIC Number: ED307385
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Dec-5
Reference Count: N/A
Perceptions of Administrators and Instructors Concerning Factors Influencing Vocational Agriculture Enrollment.
Riesenberg, Lou E.; Lierman, Shannan R.
A study was conducted to determine the contribution of selected factors to the decline in enrollment in secondary vocational agricultural education programs in Idaho. It investigated the perceptions of 73 Idaho secondary school administrators and 81 vocational agriculture instructors toward the influence of the factors on enrollment. Data were analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Studies, with subprograms, Frequency, Friedman's Two-way ANOVA, and Wilcoxon's Matched-pairs Signed-rank test. The 13 factors, identified from the literature as limiting vocational agriculture enrollments, were rated significantly differently as to their effect by respondents. The four factors rated as having the most limiting effect on enrollment were scheduling conflicts, change in students' interests and attitudes toward agriculture, competition with other elective courses, and academically gifted students guided away from vocational agriculture. The five factors rated as having the least limiting effect on vocational agriculture enrollment were the supervised occupational experience program requirement, vocational agriculture used as a dumping ground, inadequacy of tools and equipment, limited facilities for vocational agriculture students, and students living in urban areas. Administrators and instructors rated 6 of the 13 factors significantly differently. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Idaho