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Helping Students Become Global Citizens: Successful Study Abroad Programs In The Iowa State University Department Of Horticulture, Ann Marie Vanderzanden, Jeffery K. Iles Jan 2013

Helping Students Become Global Citizens: Successful Study Abroad Programs In The Iowa State University Department Of Horticulture, Ann Marie Vanderzanden, Jeffery K. Iles

Horticulture Publications

Higher education is just one aspect of American society affected by globalization. Many colleges and universities, including Iowa State University, understand the need and accept the challenge of helping students become global citizens and thus, require an international perspectives course as part of their undergraduate curriculum. The Iowa State University Department of Horticulture has a long history of successfully offering study abroad opportunities. Since 1998, 326 students have participated in a study abroad experience offered by the department. These international experiences range from 12-day trips to semester long immersions in a service learning project associated with a school garden. In ...


Asynchronous Continuing Education For Iowa’S Green Industry Professionals, Ann Marie Vanderzanden Jan 2013

Asynchronous Continuing Education For Iowa’S Green Industry Professionals, Ann Marie Vanderzanden

Horticulture Publications

A collaborative two-part project between Iowa State University Horticulture Extension and the Iowa Nursery and Landscape Association (INLA) resulted in an online, asynchronous training program to prepare green industry professionals for the Iowa Certified Nursery Professional (ICNP) exam, and to provide advanced training through webinars. Since 2008, members have accessed a set of 20 training modules that cover plant identification and content on the written portion of the certification exam. In the 6 years since the modules have been used, the pass rate for the written portion of the exam has increased from 57% (2005–07, 18 participants) to 85 ...


Reflective Writing As An Assessment For Student Analysis And Synthesis Ability In A Landscape Design Course, Ann Marie Vanderzanden Jan 2010

Reflective Writing As An Assessment For Student Analysis And Synthesis Ability In A Landscape Design Course, Ann Marie Vanderzanden

Horticulture Publications

Horticulture graduates entering the field of landscape design and installation must be able to integrate technical skills with practical applications. This requires higher-order thinking skills such as critical thinking, which can be practiced through various teaching and learning strategies in an undergraduate curriculum. The objective of this project was to develop a series of three reflective writing assignments in a landscape design course to help students improve their critical thinking skills of analysis and synthesis. Scores on an 18-point quiz question for 110 students enrolled in Beginning Garden Composition (HORT 380) from 2005 to 2009 were compared. The comparison was ...


Student Perceptions Of Problem-Solving Skills And Evaluation Of A Web-Based Environment For Case-Study Work In Landscape Horticulture, Tigon Woline, Ann Marie Vanderzanden Jan 2010

Student Perceptions Of Problem-Solving Skills And Evaluation Of A Web-Based Environment For Case-Study Work In Landscape Horticulture, Tigon Woline, Ann Marie Vanderzanden

Horticulture Publications

Problem-based learning has become a popular pedagogical strategy for teaching problem-solving skills as well as subject content. However, implementation of this strategy is time-consuming. Use of the Internet and computer software could aide the creation, use, and maintenance of these teaching tools, encouraging more educators to use them. This study focused on 45 Iowa State University students enrolled in Horticulture 342, Landscape Installation and Maintenance. Students were assigned a series of four online, ill-structured case study problems based in a realistic residential landscape. Results indicated students understood the need for developing problem-solving skills, especially as they relate to future employment ...


Managers Of Latino Workers In The Iowa Horticulture Industry Want Educational Programs To Bridge Language And Cultural Barriers, Emilie Justen, Cynthia L. Haynes, Ann Marie Vanderzanden, Nancy Grudens-Schuck Jan 2009

Managers Of Latino Workers In The Iowa Horticulture Industry Want Educational Programs To Bridge Language And Cultural Barriers, Emilie Justen, Cynthia L. Haynes, Ann Marie Vanderzanden, Nancy Grudens-Schuck

Horticulture Publications

Horticulture is the fastest-growing sector of the agricultural industry, and this is true particularly in Iowa where the number of private horticultural businesses has more than doubled since 1993. The industry is relying more on non-English–speaking employees, especially Spanish-speaking workers, for golf course maintenance, landscape installation, and nursery production. Determining and serving the educational and training needs of a workforce that is not fluent in English is historically difficult for university extension programs. This study assessed educational needs and technical issues of English-speaking managers of primarily Spanish-speaking workers in the horticultural industry in Iowa, with special attention to language ...


Employer Attitudes And Perceptions Of Job Preparedness Of Recent Iowa State University Horticulture Graduates, Ann Marie Vanderzanden, Michael Reinert Jan 2009

Employer Attitudes And Perceptions Of Job Preparedness Of Recent Iowa State University Horticulture Graduates, Ann Marie Vanderzanden, Michael Reinert

Horticulture Publications

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the attitudes and perceptions of employers who have recently hired Iowa State University (ISU) Department of Horticulture graduates in regard to the graduates' preparedness when entering the workforce and their abilities to complete job responsibilities. A 70-question survey instrument was distributed electronically to 107 employers who hired ISU Department of Horticulture students who graduated from spring semester 2004 through summer session 2007. A majority of the survey questions was directly related to expected learner outcomes from the undergraduate curriculum. These outcomes related to abilities in professional skills (19 questions) and general horticulture ...


Student Perceptions Of An Online Introductory Horticulture Course, Ann Marie Vanderzanden, Tigon Woline Jan 2008

Student Perceptions Of An Online Introductory Horticulture Course, Ann Marie Vanderzanden, Tigon Woline

Horticulture Publications

he number of distance education courses available in American higher education has increased substantially over the past decade. The number of higher education students enrolled in an online course during the fall 2005 term was close to 17% of the total population of 17 million students (Allen and Seaman, 2006). The objective of this research was to develop and evaluate a one credit introductory horticulture course delivered exclusively online. This course has five modules covering the basic horticul- ture topics of: plant identification and characteris- tics; plant growth and development; the rooting environment; selecting plants for the landscape; and putting ...


Curriculum Evaluation: An Outcomes Assessment Of The Department Of Horticulture At Iowa State University, Elizabeth Duncan, Ann Marie Vanderzanden, Cynthia L. Haynes, Levon Esters Jan 2008

Curriculum Evaluation: An Outcomes Assessment Of The Department Of Horticulture At Iowa State University, Elizabeth Duncan, Ann Marie Vanderzanden, Cynthia L. Haynes, Levon Esters

Horticulture Publications

The Iowa State University undergraduate horticulture program has been nationally ranked as one of the best in the nation. Regular and systematic outcomes assessment is one means to evaluate the program for purposes of sustaining this level of excellence. The purpose of this study was to conduct a survey of horticulture graduates to determine preparedness when entering the workforce, departmental effectiveness, and to evaluate how well graduates met departmental learner outcomes. A 59-question survey instrument was distributed electronically to a proportional sample of 221 horticulture alumni who graduated between 2000 and 2006. The response rate was 47%. Results showed that ...


Student Attitudes And Perceptions Of An Online Problem-Based Learning Case Study In Landscape Management, Ann Marie Vanderzanden, David Sandrock, David Kopsell Jan 2008

Student Attitudes And Perceptions Of An Online Problem-Based Learning Case Study In Landscape Management, Ann Marie Vanderzanden, David Sandrock, David Kopsell

Horticulture Publications

Horticulture graduates entering the landscape (design, installation, and maintenance) segment of the green industry will be faced with a myriad of complicated decision scenarios. Graduates must be able to integrate their understanding of plant science, environmental and physical site constraints, and the human impact on built and natural landscapes to make complex decisions. The objectives of this project were to develop an online case study for use in landscape management and landscape construction courses, and to determine students' perceptions of using this virtual case study to practice active problem solving in landscape horticulture. After completing a scenario from the online ...


Attitudes And Perceptions Of Participants In A Horticulture Study Abroad Course At Iowa State University, Ann Marie Vanderzanden, Cynthia L. Haynes, Gail Nonnecke, Robert Martin Jan 2007

Attitudes And Perceptions Of Participants In A Horticulture Study Abroad Course At Iowa State University, Ann Marie Vanderzanden, Cynthia L. Haynes, Gail Nonnecke, Robert Martin

Horticulture Publications

Globalization affects many aspects of American society, including higher education. Many institutions of higher education realize the need to help students become global citizens and thus require an international perspectives course as part of their undergraduate curriculum. The goal of this research was to evaluate the Horticulture Travel Course (Hort 496), which includes an international travel component, to determine whether it meets the university and College of Agriculture's expected learning outcomes and competencies in international and multicultural awareness. A 23-question survey instrument consisting of open- and close-ended questions was mailed to 116 former Hort 496 participants. Forty-three percent of ...


A Collaborative Effort To Train Green Industry Professionals, Ann Marie Vanderzanden, Linda R. Mcmahan, Neil Bell, Paul Ries, Patty Williams, Aimee Mcauliffe Jan 2006

A Collaborative Effort To Train Green Industry Professionals, Ann Marie Vanderzanden, Linda R. Mcmahan, Neil Bell, Paul Ries, Patty Williams, Aimee Mcauliffe

Horticulture Publications

A collaborative project between the Oregon State University Extension Service, and the green industry and allied professional organizations resulted in an educational seminar series for landscape professionals. In 2003 and 2004, the seminar series consisted of seven 3.5-hour sessions covering a range of horticultural topics and capitalized on expertise of extension personnel and green industry professionals. After the 2004 series, a survey was sent to all participants to determine attendance, overall evaluation, usefulness and applicability of information, participant learning, and behavior change as a result of the seminars. The response rate was 31%. Overall, participants gave the seminars a ...


An Integrated Approach To Enhance Critical Thinking Skills In A Landscape Construction Course, Ann Marie Vanderzanden Jan 2005

An Integrated Approach To Enhance Critical Thinking Skills In A Landscape Construction Course, Ann Marie Vanderzanden

Horticulture Publications

Recent research shows landscape installation is a fast growing and profitable segment of the horticulture industry. To meet this growing demand, the industry needs employees who have a skill set that integrates technical knowledge, practical application and creative problem solving. A landscape construction course that incorporates a variety of studentcentered teaching methods including case studies, a small group project, and role playing exercises, was created to help students further their problem solving, decision making and critical thinking skills. By incorporating principles from Bloom's Taxonomy in the course, studentsmoved from lower order to higher order thinking skills within a given ...


Gardening In The Zone: A Collaborative Effort Between Iowa State University Extension And Mass Media Outlets, Ann Marie Vanderzanden, Cindy Haines Jan 2004

Gardening In The Zone: A Collaborative Effort Between Iowa State University Extension And Mass Media Outlets, Ann Marie Vanderzanden, Cindy Haines

Horticulture Publications

A collaborative project among the Iowa State University Extension Service, a regional gardening magazine, and regional television stations has resulted in a new avenue to deliver educational programming related to horticulture. Gardening in the Zone is a series of 26 2-minute segments that are broadcast weekly from April through September during the evening news. These segments provide research-based information to a large audience that traditional Extension programming methods might not otherwise reach. It also provides a new venue through which to disseminate the Web address for the ISU Extension Web site with links to a number of educational publications.