ERIC Number: ED342934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-May
Reference Count: N/A
Factors Affecting Enrollment Trends in Pennsylvania Agricultural Education Programs.
Johnson, Saralyn S.
Factors affecting enrollment in agricultural education at the secondary level were determined in a two-part study. One part focused on factors influencing students' decisions to enroll in agricultural education; the other examined 64 recruitment and retention practices teachers use. Purposive sampling ensured geographic and demographic representation of model programs throughout Pennsylvania. Thirteen programs and 76 teachers participated in the study. Sociodemographic information, occupational and educational goals, and agricultural education perceptions were provided by 200 students participating in part one. In addition, 12 teachers and 20 counselors from 13 participating schools identified factors that affect students' enrollment decisions. Fifty teachers in part 2 identified recruitment and retention practices used and information regarding recruitment of minority students. Most enrollees were white males from rural areas who had less than a "B" (3.00) academic average. Regardless of enrollment status or grade level, similar factors were found to influence enrollment decisions. Three factors were most influential: whether agricultural education was beneficial to students' futures; whether students were influenced by their image of agricultural education, by peers, and adults; and the impact of school standards and requirements. (Eleven tables and 42 references are included.) (Author/NLA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Agricultural Education, Educational Benefits, Educational Objectives, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Trends, Graduation Requirements, Males, Occupational Aspiration, Parent Influence, Peer Influence, Rural Areas, School Demography, School Holding Power, Secondary Education, Student Recruitment, Teacher Influence, White Students
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania