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Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis-ISU Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Agriculture

First Advisor

Richard Steffen


Agricultural education is made up of classroom instruction, FFA participation, and supervised agricultural experience. This research project investigated Illinois agriculture teachers’ perception of the impact of students’ supervised agricultural experience projects on the students’ career choice after high school. Also, this research sought to determine if teachers perceived students with higher levels of achievement in FFA proficiency awards (with their supervised agricultural experience projects) had a greater link to students’ career choices. A survey was e-mailed to all 386 Illinois agriculture teachers and 87 submitted responses. Most responses indicated a link between students’ supervised agricultural experience project in high school and their career choice after high school. There was also a weak positive correlation found between supervised agricultural experience and career choice (as perceived by teachers). However, this research had a narrow focus and a low response rate, so generalizations should be held until it has been repeated to determine if any trends exist.


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