ERIC Number: ED340931
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
A Nationwide Examination of Middle School Enrollment in Agricultural Education and Membership in the National FFA Organization.
Rossetti, Rosemarie; And Others
The purpose of this study was to determine the status of middle and junior high school agricultural education and FFA (Future Farmers of America) programs. In spring 1991. questionnaires were sent to all state FFA Executive Secretaries (n=53); 52 returned questionnaires. Three teachers in each of 9 states identified as having middle or junior high agricultural education school programs were also sent questionnaires; 23 responses were received. Teachers collected information from 598 students. The scant existing information about middle school agricultural education programs was reviewed. National baseline data showed that 30 states had a middle or junior high school articultural education program, that two-thirds of students were male, and that the majority were white and lived in the country. The following components of successful programs were identified: enthusiastic, involved teachers; support from administrators, parents, high school FFA, and community; leadership; and funding. Secretaries, teachers, and students identified the major factor influencing students' decisions to enroll in agricultural education to be the agricultural education instructor. The most often cited reasons for not enrolling in agriculture classes in high school were that students lacked interest and wanted to take other courses. Increased agricultural literacy was indicated as the major student benefit. Fewer disadvantages than advantages were reported. (The study instruments are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Decision Making, Educational Research, Elementary School Students, Enrollment, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Trends, Intermediate Grades, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, National Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Organizations, Success, Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Future Farmers of America, Alexandria, VA.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Dept. of Agricultural Education.