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ERIC Number: EJ867382
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1042-0541
Attitudes, Educational, and Career Choices of Food and Agricultural Sciences Institute Participants
Faulkner, Paula E.; Baggett, Connie D.; Bowen, Cathy F.; Bowen, Blannie E.
Journal of Agricultural Education, v50 n1 p45-56 2009
Ethnic minority students traditionally pursue degrees and careers in the food and agricultural sciences at rates lower than their non-minority counterparts. To help improve upon this situation, the Food and Agricultural Sciences Institute (FASI) was created to expose academically talented high school students to opportunities within the food and agricultural sciences. FASI provided a week of laboratory experiments, classroom discussions, hands-on activities and demonstrations, and tours of departments in a college of agricultural sciences. Building upon prior research that had assessed the immediate and short term benefits of FASI, this study examined long-term contributions to the attitudes, educational, and career choices of the 1994-2001 FASI participants. Participants from these years were studied because they would have now graduated from high school given that they were high school sophomores and juniors when they participated in FASI. Fifty-seven individuals responded to a survey instrument. The major finding was that the respondents had positive attitudes toward the food and agricultural sciences, but few had pursued degrees or careers in the food and agricultural sciences. Personal factors, parents, and family members most influenced their educational and career choices. (Contains 4 tables.)
American Association for Agricultural Education. P.O. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina; Pennsylvania