ERIC Number: ED355351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Summer Agricultural Program Activities.
Swan, Michael K.
Teacher educators and state supervisors were surveyed to determine their perceptions of philosophically ideal agricultural education summer program activities. A random sample of teacher educators was selected from the directory of the American Association for Agricultural Education, and a random sample of state supervisors was selected from a directory published by the U.S. Department of Education. The response rate was 90.9 percent (161 of 177). Individual response rates to mailed questionnaires were 123 teacher educators (91.9 percent) and 54 state supervisors (88.9 percent). A summated rating scale was used to provide an index for placing each summer program activity in rank order. The questionnaire included eight major categories of activities: agricultural organizations and associations, departmental administration, Future Farmers of America, instructional improvement, professional growth, resource improvement, supervised agricultural experience, and teaching/recruitment. Thirty-eight specific activities were identified and included in the questionnaire. According to the findings, attending annual summer update conferences and supervising agricultural students' home projects were tied as most important. The ideal number of days that should be allocated to the summer program activities was 50.1. The current number of allocated days was 39. (YLB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Agricultural Education, Educational Research, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Secondary Education, State Supervisors, Student Organizations, Student Recruitment, Summer Programs, Supervised Occupational Experience (Agriculture), Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Educators, Teacher Student Relationship, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (St. Louis, MO, December 1992).