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ERIC Number: ED307389
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Dec-5
Pages: 9
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Reorienting Agricultural Education towards a Free Market Model Emphasizing Economic Understanding.
Amberson, Max L.
Agricultural education has grown and flourished in the past because it took students with farm backgrounds and helped them become better managers and producers, thus improving agriculture in general. Now that fewer students are coming from farms into agricultural education, agricultural education has lost its protected status and become just another program of vocational education. If agricultural education is to survive, it needs to move toward a market economic model rather than following somewhat blindly the institutional governmental model. This model suggests that markets and prices interpret the wants of consumers in terms of supply, demand, and price, with markets the driving force. Since being introduced to a modified free enterprise economic model with the Vocational Education Act of 1963, vocational agriculture has wisely supplemented its traditional sole governmental institutional structure with another institutional structure that includes business, industry, educators, state and federal government personnel, as well as postsecondary teachers. This model promotes relevance and reacts to the needs of its constituency. The National Council for Vocational and Technology Education in Agriculture has been organized recently to increase cooperation to meet the needs of a free market educational model. In the future, the agricultural education curriculum will have to change to promote economic literacy and encourage the training of employees for agribusiness. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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