Volume 54(4) – 2013 – DOI: 10.5032/jae.2013.04044



This qualitative study utilized focus group interviews of secondary Illinois agricultural education teachers to investigate the continuing problem of student recruitment into teacher preparation programs of agricultural education. Using signal theory, image theory and person-organization fit theory, the researchers identified five themes relating to recruitment issues: time, the economy, family, technology and image. Each theme is described through the words of the participants and solutions are suggested for improving recruitment.

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