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Criteria for Farm Managers

Carlson, Alfred B.
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ETS Research Bulletin
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Illinois Agricultural Experiment Station, North Central Regional Research Project, Agricultural Occupations, Behavior Rating Scales, Farm Management, Farmers, Predictor Variables, Success


Results indicated that an aggregate record variate, "land quality plus returns above costs and investment," was related to the Overall Success, Technical Skill, and Business Skill rating scales. The aggregate record variate could also be predicted by Years of Formal Schooling, Years on Farm in Youth, Scaled Goal, Interest Maturity, Mechanical Comprehension, and Numerical Reasoning, with Specialization Level and Farmer Interest receiving negative weights. Other criterion variates were found and discussed. Exploration of the meaning of a criterion construct through the relevant behavior approach is suggested in areas where the criterion construct may have several definitions.

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