Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Agricultural Education and Studies
The purpose of this study was to conduct a follow-up of the graduates of the Department of Agricultural Education at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan. The objectives of the study were: (1) to determine demographic characteristics of graduates, (2) to determine factors influencing the career decisions of the graduates, (3) to gather perceptions of graduates regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the program, (4) to determine how graduates perceive the attitudes of others towards the program, and (5) to investigate achievements attained by graduates;A total of 208 students were graduated from the program and 148 of them were accessible. Ten of the graduates were used in pilot testing of the questionnaire and therefore, were excluded from the sample. A mailed questionnaire was designed for data collection. The data collected from 110 respondents (80 percent response rate) were analyzed using descriptive statistics, crosstabs and analysis of variance. Only nine percent of the graduates were in the teaching profession at the time of the study. Another 11 percent entered teaching and then left. The remaining 80 percent never taught. Farm family background and marital status were not significantly associated with teaching experience. The most influential factor on the respondents' decision to enter and leave the teaching profession was inadequate promotional opportunities. The most influential factor on the respondents' decision not to teach was inadequate salary, while the most influential factor on the respondents' decision to remain in the teaching profession was getting students to learn materials. Forty percent of the respondents felt that the overall preparation for their present job was good or very good and 47.6 percent felt it was average. A majority of the respondents perceived that the staff had favorable or very favorable attitudes toward the program. Two thirds of the respondents felt the attitudes of peers toward the program were unfavorable or very unfavorable.
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Shafiq, Muhammad, "A follow-up study of agricultural education graduates at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan " (1986). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 8307.