Impact of Information on Secondary Students’ Knowledge, Perception and Attitude towards Agricultural Career in Ogun State, Nigeria

Impact of Information on Secondary Students’ Knowledge, Perception and Attitude towards Agricultural Career in Ogun State, Nigeria

Author by Dr. Olubukola Osuntade

Journal/Publisher: Journal Of Tropical Agriculture, Food, Environment And Extension

Volume/Edition: 20

Language: English

Pages: 9 - 13

Abstract

Youths’ interest in Agriculture is daily declining due to lack of awareness and information about the prospects in agriculture, leaving the nation’s agricultural sector in the hands of the ageing population. This study examined the impact of agricultural career information on the knowledge, perception and attitudes of secondary school students towards taking agriculture, as a career choice. A purposive sampling technique was used to select 136 school science students in senior secondary schools and structured questionnaire was used to elicit information on their knowledge, perception and attitudes with respect to career in agriculture. Data was collected for pre-test (baseline) and post-test (end-line) after the respondents had participated in an intervention tagged “Agricultural Career Information Program”; and analyzed using descriptive and inferential (using t-test at p?0.05) statistics. Result showed that the students had a significant change in attitude towards choosing agriculture as a career choice after being exposed to the intervention program, but no significant change in the students’ knowledge and perception after being exposed to the program. Agricultural career counselling should be intentional in the education of the youths, in order to influence their attitude, behaviour and eventual choice of a career in agriculture. The study therefore, recommended that there should be inclusion of agricultural career counselling/mentoring/guidance in the curriculum of primary and secondary school students, or out of school by organizing programs that are similar and even better than the one used in this research, to which these students would be invited


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