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Ontario Guidance Teacher-Counsellors' Understanding of the Agri-Food Industry and Agricultural Careers

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Title: Ontario Guidance Teacher-Counsellors' Understanding of the Agri-Food Industry and Agricultural Careers
Author: Smyth, Paighton
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Capacity Development and Extension
Advisor: Hambly, Helen
Abstract: This thesis is an investigation of Ontario guidance teacher-counsellors’ understanding of the agri-food industry and agricultural careers. In order to feed a global population of 9 billion by 2050, everyone needs to be aware of the career opportunities available in the agri-food industry. Guidance teacher-counsellors influence high school students’ career decisions. A study focused on Ontario was conducted using two online surveys to assess guidance teacher-counsellor’s understanding of the agri-food industry and agricultural careers. Guidance teacher-counselors in Ontario have few continuing education opportunities. They hold undergraduate degrees in different disciplines and teaching accreditations with some further accredited courses at the Masters level. Respondents indicated that they have limited knowledge about the agri-food industry but feel that this is a valuable career path for students to pursue. Continued education through conferences, reading materials, presentations and online courses is recommended. The education system and agricultural organizations can collaborate to support guidance teacher-counsellors.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/16024
Date: 2019-03
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