Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Agricultural Education and Studies
The purposes of this study were to determine principal and superintendent perceptions of selected national issues in agricultural education and to compare these perceptions with the perceptions of teachers, teacher educators, and state supervisors. A national sample of 293 was selected from nominations made by the state officers of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and chief officers of the Chartered State Association of School Administrators, and the state chief school officers;Data were collected by a two-part survey instrument. Part I collected demographic information. Part II consisted of a series of issues identified by the participants at the 1980 National Agricultural Education Seminar. Participants responded to each issue stating their degree of agreement or disagreement on a six-part Likert type scale;Data analysis consisted of frequency counts, t-tests, ANOVAs, correlations, and chi-squares. Findings revealed an instrument item reliability of .95;The following conclusions were drawn from the analysis and interpretation of the data in this study. Principals and superintendents considered avocational education to be a purpose of agricultural education whereas this was not true for teachers, teacher educators and state supervisors. A greater number of teachers, teacher educators and state supervisors as opposed to principals and superintendents agreed that agricultural education should serve out-of-school youth and adults, and handicapped students. More principals and superintendents, as opposed to teachers, teacher educators, and state supervisors agreed that only those vocational students who desire to become FFA members should be members. More principals and superintendents, as opposed to teachers, teacher educators, and state supervisors agreed that many FFA activities were inappropriate for in-class instructional time. More principals and superintendents, when compared to teachers, teacher educators and state supervisors, agreed with the program title, "agricultural education" and "agriculture/agribusiness education." Principals and superintendents from the Northeast region exhibited the highest degree of homogeneity with principals and superintendents from all other regions of the country. Principals and superintendents from the Western and Central regions exhibited the highest degree of incongruence with each other, especially when considering FFA activities and membership.
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Ronald Robert Rosati
Rosati, Ronald Robert, "Administrators' perceptions of national issues in agricultural education " (1984). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 7793.