Educational needs of fisheries and wildlife professionals: results of a survey

Ira R. Adelman, David J. Schmidly, Yosef Cohen

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Fisheries and wildlife employees of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Texas Parks and Wildlife responded to a survey that gathered information about their educational background and perception of the importance of 65 subjects typically taught in university fisheries and wildlife curricula. Respondents believed that subjects in their university education that dealt with fisheries and wildlife and ecology/natural resources were among the most important to job performance—as might be expected—but subjects regarding interpersonal interactions were equally important. Some of these latter subjects appeared to be underemphasized in college educations of the respondents, although the more recent graduates took more courses covering interpersonal interactions. Some differences in education and perception of importance existed among certain demographic groups. A strong correlation between education and perception of subject importance suggests that universities are able to exert considerable influence on the direction of fisheries and wildlife professions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-25
Number of pages9
Issue number11
StatePublished - Oct 1994

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Funding Information:
We are grateful to Gary Joselyn, University of Minnesota Measurement Services, and Robert B. Ditton, Texas A&M University, for assistance in the survey design; to Roger Holmes, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and Rudolph A. Rosen, Texas Parks and Wildlife, for sanctioning the survey; and P. Jack Wingate and numerous other Minnesota DNR employees for testing and commenting on the survey instrument. This work was supported in part by Minnesota General Agricultural Research funds, Project MIN 41-075, published as paper No. 21,140 of the contribution series of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station. The Texas Agricultural Experiment Station provided additional support.

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