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 How Are We Educating Agricultural Students? A National Profile of Leadership Capacities and Involvement in College Compared to Non-Agricultural Peers

Journal of Agricultural Education, 54(1), 83-96
David Rosch and Natalie Coers (2013)

Rosch and Coers use a national sample of over 450 students with agriculture-related majors and compared them to a similarly-sized random peer group from the same institutions. This date was analyzed to compare the agricultural student sample to their peers with respect to a variety of social identities (including race, gender, and political leanings), high school and college involvement and leadership positions held within cocurricular activities and organizations, and scores from several measures of leadership-related outcomes (including socially responsible leadership practices, leadership efficacy, social change behaviors, cognitive complexity, and the degree to which students participate in socio-cultural discussions). The findings of this study suggest that, while agricultural students display similar levels of involvement and leadership in high school and higher levels in college, they do not make some of the same leadership outcome gains in college as the comparison population. These findings hold important implications for the way agricultural educators structure classroom environments and how they advise student organizations.