Impact of Agricultural Education on Students’ Career Choice: A Survey
Keywords:agricultural education, student learning, academic performance, farming
Agriculture has become the bedrock of some growing economy in the world but the discovery of crude oil and other resources in a developing country like Nigeria has led to the extreme decline in the practice. Many youths now have either low or no interested in agriculture and the majority of the people that are actively practicing are the older generation. This study revisits the impact of education on students interest in agriculture as a professional career. The study was carried out in an agriculture-based uni-versity with a state of the art equipment. Our findings show that 64% of agricul-ture students who participated in this survey are willing to pursue agriculture-related careers. Likewise, there is a significant relationship between the student’s gender and farm ownership, with 84% of male students likelier to own farms. Also, our results have shown that students in higher levels have more interests in agriculture compared to students at lower levels and this invariably increases the possibilities of their pursuing agriculture-related careers or businesses.
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