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ERIC Number: ED531170
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 211
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1246-3266-7
Factors Influencing Agricultural Education Students' Choice to Teach
Lawver, Rebecca Grace
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Missouri - Columbia
The purpose of this study was to determine the factors that influence senior level agricultural education students' choice to become secondary agriculture teachers. This study focused on the extent to which beliefs and attitude influenced students' intent to select a teaching secondary agricultural education as a career. The Agricultural Education Factors Influencing Teaching Choice instrument was distributed to senior level students enrolled in institutions with programs to certify secondary agriculture teachers in nine states. A total of 145 students completed the instrument. Overall, negligible to low relationships were found between students' beliefs and selected characteristics. Negligible to low relationships were also found between students' attitude and selected characteristics. A moderate relationship was found between students' participation in high school agricultural education and their intent to teach. Negligible to low relationships were found with the remaining characteristics and intent to teach. Using stepwise regression, results show 11% of students' intent to teach can be explained by the belief sub-constructs teacher morale and expert career. Sixty-one percent of the students' intent to teach can be explained by the attitude sub-constructs "fallback career," "working with adolescents," "intrinsic career value," and "job security." Using hierarchical regression revealed that 17% of students' intent to teach can be accounted for by attitude when controlling for beliefs. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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