Volume 40 - Number 4 - 1999 | DOI: 10.5032/jae.1999.04057



The purpose of this study was to determine the attitudes of Illinoisguidance counselors in model student teachingsites towardagriculture, agricultural technologies, andagriculture andscienceprograms. Results indicated that counselors heldpositive perceptions in all areas, with the mostpositive attitudes reported in agricultural technologies. Agriculture and science programs were both viewed as being high in quality. Counselors believed agricultural education to be too vocational and not scientific enough. Counselors in schools with applied science in agriculture coursework rated agriculture program quality to be higher than did those in schools without these courses. Counselors expressing the most positive attitudes towards agriculture and agricultural education were female; 40 or more years of age; had knowledge of agricultural coursework; and had teaching backgrounds in science, special education, or English.

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