Volume 54(1) - 2013 - DOI: 10.5032/jae.2013.01207

 

Abstract:

This descriptive study was a special project for the National FFA Organization to determine the demo-graphic makeup of rural, suburban, urban, and randomly selected at-large FFA chapters from the four national FFA regions. Summary data for this study revealed that gender in selected FFA chapters was 55% male and 45% female. Eighty percent of FFA members were reported to be White while the respec-tive communities were 54% White. Rural FFA chapters had the highest percentage of FFA members in relation to their agricultural education course enrollments. Urban chapters reported more than half (52%) of their agricultural education students were FFA members. The majority of agricultural educa-tion teachers are White males. The demographic characteristics of FFA chapters in relation to their re-spective schools and communities provide a snapshot of today’s agricultural education programs and FFA chapters. Furthermore, this research could help identify strategies to move FFA chapters toward a more parallel representation of the schools and communities in which they exist.

 

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