William Doss and John Rayfield. (2021). The Importance of FFA and SAE Activities: A Comparison of Texas Principals’ and Teachers’ Perceptions. Journal of Agricultural Education, 62(4), 125-138. https://doi.org/10.5032/jae.2021.04125


The relationship between principals and school-based agricultural education (SBAE) teachers is crucial for SBAE program success. According to educational leadership theory, principal perceptions of a program can lead to support and student achievement. There is a gap in the literature concerning principal perceptions of specific FFA and SAE activities within the last 30 years. Findings from this survey design study showed both principals and SBAE teachers perceived FFA and SAE activities were important, and no significant difference was found between principals and SBAE teachers on the perceived importance of FFA or SAE activities. It was recommended SBAE teachers continue to educate administrators about FFA and SAE activities and maintain an effective line of communication to maintain the current positive perceptions held about SBAE program components. Additional research should be conducted to determine how principal perceptions of SBAE programs lead to support as well as determine what SBAE teachers view as adequate administrative program support.

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