ERIC Number: ED369918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
An Examination of Middle School Enrollment in Agricultural Education and Membership in the National FFA Organization in the United States. Summary of Research 73.
Rossetti, Rosemarie; And Others
The status of middle and junior high school agricultural education and Future Farmers of America (FFA) programs in the United States was the focus of a study. Data were collected through a census of the FFA executive secretaries and a survey of a purposive sample of 27 successful middle or junior high school agricultural education programs in 9 states. Questionnaires were returned by 52 of 53 FFA executive secretaries, 23 of 27 teachers, and 598 students. Findings showed that executive secretaries, teachers, and students saw many benefits and outcomes from these programs. Many said that these programs serve to recruit students into high school programs. Few disadvantages were cited. There was no conclusion about the core curricula for these programs and what, if any, FFA competitions should be held. The respondents raised concerns regarding who should pay for these programs and how the FFA chapter should be organized and chartered. Students looked forward to having hands-on activities, having fun, learning about agriculture, and having a teacher who was kind and concerned. Students who selected the program as an elective course generally seemed pleased and were very likely to enroll in high school agricultural education. The population served by these programs was composed primarily of white males who lived in rural areas. (Contains 10 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Dept. of Agricultural Education.