ERIC Number: ED369890
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Pilot Study of Agricultural Literacy. Final Report.
Birkenholz, Robert H.; And Others
A study assessed the knowledge and perceptions of U.S. citizens regarding agriculture, food, and natural resources. Data were collected from 2,005 respondents representing the following groups: purposely selected primarily white Indiana high school students and primarily black Michigan high school students, randomly selected rural Missouri adults attending one of several town meetings, and randomly selected urban Missouri adults contacted in various settings (including churches, libraries, and grocery stores). Adults were more knowledgeable about agriculture than were high school students. Respondents were most knowledgeable and positive about natural resources and least knowledgeable and positive about agricultural policy. No differences among ethnic groups' perceptions of agriculture or between rural and urban Missouri adults' knowledge of agricultural concepts were discovered. The study recommendations included the following: integrating agricultural instruction throughout elementary and secondary school curricula, developing agricultural literacy instructional efforts targeting inner city minority students, broadcasting television agricultural literacy programs for adults in urban areas, and establishing a National Center for Agricultural Literacy to coordinate agricultural literacy efforts at a national level. (Appended are knowledge statement responses by group, 12 data charts, and the survey instrument. Contains 12 references and 20 tables. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., Columbia. Dept. of Agricultural Education.