ERIC Number: ED458862
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Dec-6
Assessing Research Capacity in Agricultural Education: A Case Study of NCA-24 Institutions.
Birkenholz, Robert J.; Greiman, Bradley C.
As part of a study of the research capacity of agricultural education, this study was conducted to identify factors that characterize research in the field and researchers in agricultural education. Faculty from 12 land grant institutions represented on the NCA-24 Committee on Research in Agricultural Education provided data for the study. Respondent numbers ranged from 1 faculty member at each of 2 institutions to 21 faculty members at 1 institution. Findings show that Agricultural Education faculty averaged less than 15% of their faculty appointment devoted to research, with more than 50% devoted to teaching responsibilities. Respondents also reported wide variations in grant funding, graduate degrees awarded, and research publications. In addition, individual responses ranged from "none" to "expert" for each of the 12 research skill areas and the 27 disciplinary skill areas. Means for each of the items clustered around the midpoint of the five-point response scale, so that the study was not able to discern a core set of research skills or disciplinary skills that characterizes Agricultural Education faculty research capacity. Some recommendations are made for additional study about the research capacity of the field of agricultural education. (Contains 8 figures and 13 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: "21st Century Research for Agricultural Education. Proceedings of the National Agricultural Education Research Conference (27th, San Diego, California, December 6, 2000)"; see ED 449 351.