Title page for ETD etd-10132005-152544

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Howe, James D.
URN etd-10132005-152544
Title A national assessment of the salaries and working conditions of agricultural education teachers in the United States, 1990-1991
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Vocational and Technical Education
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Camp, William G. Committee Chair
Asche, F. Marion Committee Member
Hillison, John H. Committee Member
Oliver, J. Dale Committee Member
Yoder, Edgar Committee Member
  • Teachers Salaries
  • etc. United States
  • Agriculture teachers Salaries
  • etc. United States.
Date of Defense 1992-01-05
Availability restricted
The purpose of the study was to determine the salaries and working conditions of agricultural education teachers in the United States. To accomplish this purpose the following objectives were identified:

1. To determine the demographic characteristics of agricultural education teachers.

2. To determine the salaries, salary supplements, and monetary fringe benefits of agricultural education teachers.

3. To determine the nonmonetary benefits of agricultural education teachers.

4. To determine the major instructional and noninstructional responsibilities of agricultural education teachers.

5. To describe the work settings and working conditions in which agricultural education teachers are employed.

6. To determine the work loads of agricultural education teachers.

Most agricultural education teachers reported receiving health insurance benefits. However, only a small percentage (14.7%) of respondents reported receiving fully paid health insurance for themselves and their families. In addition, fewer than one-half (41.4%) of the agricultural education teachers reported receiving fully paid major medical insurance, eye care (13.1%), dental care (20.5%), and life insurance (35.3%).

Production agriculture and agricultural mechanics remain the predominant subjects taught by agricultural education teachers. However, a majority of agricultural education teachers also reported teaching agriscience. Although only a small percentage (18.8%) of agricultural education teachers advised Young Farmer chapters, most (95.8%) advised FFA chapters.

Nearly all (98.4%) agricultural education teachers classified their employment status as full-time. Typically, agricultural education teachers were mployed a mean 11.3 months per year. Most (69.5%) agricultural education teachers were employed in comprehensive high schools with a mean student population of 662.4 students. Agricultural education teachers reported a mean of 6.7 periods in a typical school day and teaching load of 5.2 instructional periods per day. Nearly three-fourths of the respondents reported having one period per day allotted for planning, student visitations, or student conferences.

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