ERIC Number: ED319921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jul-17
Reference Count: 0
Use of Educational Technology in Agricultural Education: A National Study. Project Final Report Submitted to the National FFA Board of Directors.
Birkenholz, Robert J.; And Others
A study was conducted to assess the extent to which instructional technology has been adopted in secondary programs of agricultural education in the United States. Teachers from 479 secondary agriculture programs were randomly selected to provide responses to a mailed survey instrument requesting information about types and quantity of equipment, level of current use, level of planned future use, future needs, and barriers to using existing technology. Usable replies were received from 254 teachers (a 53 percent response rate). Some of the findings were as follows: (1) a majority of the respondents had an overhead projector (80 percent), a microcomputer (73 percent), a slide projector (67 percent), a printer (66 percent), a filmstrip projector (61 percent), and an audiocassette player (56 percent) in their agriculture departments; (2) more than 50 percent of the programs had Apple II or compatible machines; (3) 17 percent of the respondents subscribed to Agri-Data Network; (4) overhead projectors, carousel slide projectors, and videotape players were most frequently used for group instruction; (5) instructors anticipate using the newer technology more frequently in the future; (6) teachers supported the development of technological advances for use in their curriculum; and (7) lack of funds was the most often-cited barrier to use of educational technology. Recommendations were made for teachers to identify ways of increasing funding for technology use and to receive inservice education to develop their expertise in educational technologies. (KC)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Equipment, Educational Practices, Educational Resources, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Instructional Improvement, Microcomputers, Secondary Education, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., Columbia. Dept. of Agricultural Education.