ERIC Number: EJ1132439
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Variations in Professional Development Needs of Florida Agricultural Education Teachers Based on Gender, School Level, and Experience
Estepp, Christopher M.; Thoron, Andrew C.; Roberts, T. Grady; Dyer, James E.
Career and Technical Education Research, v39 n1 p23-36 Spr 2014
Teachers must continue to learn throughout their careers to maintain their professional competence. The purpose of this study was to explore the differences in professional development needs of Florida agricultural education teachers based on selected variables. Results of the study indicated that teachers had the greatest professional development needs for skills in dealing with workplace stressors--including managing stress, balancing their work and personal lives, and managing time. Female teachers expressed a greater need for items related to teaching in various laboratories and items related to integrating science and mathematics. Female teachers also expressed a greater need in balancing work and personal life. High school teachers expressed a greater need for development in preparing students for industry certifications and counseling students interested in college, while middle school teachers indicated a greater need in several technical agriculture content areas. Professional development needs also varied by the amount of teaching experience. It is recommended that a variety of professional development opportunities be offered to teachers using a variety of delivery mechanisms.
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Faculty Development, Stress Variables, Work Environment, Stress Management, Family Work Relationship, Time Management, Gender Differences, Instructional Program Divisions, High Schools, Middle Schools, Teacher Attitudes, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Teaching Experience
Association for Career and Technical Education Research. Web site: http://acteronline.org/publications/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Middle Schools; Junior High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida
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