Date of Award
Master of Science
Agricultural and Extension Education
George W. Wiegers
John Todd, C. Kenneth Taumer
This study was an attempt to determine the situation on a national basis relative to important curricular aspects of agricul-tural education on the secondary level. Data were collected from state supervisors of agricultural educa-tion through a mailed questionnaire. A respondence of 76 percent was received. Production agriculture, even though declining in curricular emphasis, composed the single largest element of curriculum; and sub-ject matter areas such as horticulture, agri-business, farm power and machinery, forestry, conservation, natural resources, and cooperative work experience were receiving increased emphasis. Emphasis during the 70's was expected to be heavily directed to-ward subject matter areas which have implications of ecological impor-tance. Ornamental horticulture was also expected to receive even greater emphasis. Eighty-four percent of the respondents indicated that special provisions were being provided for the disadvantaged, but little substantiative evidence of significant efforts was found. A core curriculum was provided for local agricultural education departments by 60 percent of the respondents while the practice of de-veloping and implementing common cores of curriculum for agricultural education and one or more other vocational service was found to be a rare practice. Agricultural programs were found to be largely organized around one-hour classes granting one credit, with two years of basic agricul-ture followed by one or more specialized courses. Granting of specific credit for cooperative work experience was found to be a common practice.
Gregg, Fred B., "A national look at important curricular aspects of agricultural education. " Master's Thesis, University of Tennessee, 1971.