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Title:A Comparative Analysis of Instructional Resources at Intermediate Agricultural Schools in Developing Nations (Africa, Asia, Latin America)
Author(s):Koehnen, Timothy Leonard
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Agricultural
Abstract:The purposes of the study were: (1) to describe the intermediate agricultural schools through key educational resources in their instructional program; and (2) to determine if there were any significant differences within the nominal variables by specific indicators of the educational program. The directors at these intermediate agricultural schools were surveyed by a mailed questionnaire developed through a University of Illinois Research Project headed by Burton E. Swanson. The exploratory study analyzed 235 institutional questionnaires from Third World countries. Institutional quality was assessed by staff size and educational level, adequacy of instructional materials, importance of the school farm for agricultural training, and adequacy of capital items and operating supplies for the school farm instructional program. An analysis of the institutional quality indicators by the nominal variables infers that there is a significant difference among institutions across geographical regions, level of per capita income in low income countries, and among types of educational systems. Also, the data analysis dispels the common perception that ministry of agriculture funded institutions are different from the ministry of education supported institutions.
The instructional program at institutions of intermediate agricultural schools involves educational components such as qualified faculty, instructional materials, and a supervised school farm instructional program. Faculty range from a Ph.D. degree level to less than a B.Sc. degree level with the majority at the lower educational qualification. Further, a majority of institutions require additional instructional materials.
The majority of graduates from these institutions are being employed by national extension systems. These institutions train field level workers for the transfer of technology to the agricultural producers in low income countries. The instructional program is usually completed within two to three years. The graduates then serve as the frontline workers in government extension agencies and other middle level agricultural positions.
Issue Date:1986
Description:168 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1986.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8610948
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1986

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