10.5191/jiaee.1996.03206
 
Abstract
A descriptive-correlational study was conducted to find the characteristics associated with the attitudes of first-year tertiary students regarding secondary agricultural education in Swaziland. The reasons for attending the present program of study and institution were also elicited. Positive, and moderate to strong attitudes by respondents toward selected aspects of senior secondary agriculture were associated with better parents' occupational status; increased maturity when the student decided to attend present college; exposure to recruitment to college; practice of agriculture in everyday living; high number of youth organizations joined; and residence in a rural area. Important reasons for pursuing the program of study were professional and financial in nature. The influential reasons for enrolling in the present tertiary institution were mainly senior secondary curriculum and academic achievement related, though professionals in tertiary institutions and guidance counselors had a positive influence on students' choices. Implications of the findings for senior secondary agricultural education and recruitment practices to programs and colleges were suggested.
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