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Registered Dietitians In School Nutrition Leadership And Dietetic Students' Consideration Of School Nutrition, Linette Jean Dodson Jan 2014

Registered Dietitians In School Nutrition Leadership And Dietetic Students' Consideration Of School Nutrition, Linette Jean Dodson

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School nutrition programs provide meals and snacks to nutritionally support students in their academic achievement. The importance of qualified leadership to maintain standards and provide quality these meals and snacks is important. Limited research has examined the benefits of registered dietitians providing school nutrition leadership. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the motivational aspects and job responsibilities influencing registered dietitians' (RD) and senior dietetic students' decision to pursue school nutrition leadership positions.

The Southeast Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) region was the focus of the research. Web-based questionnaires were ...


Learning And Power In International Farmer Exchanges, Stephen August Lauer Jan 2013

Learning And Power In International Farmer Exchanges, Stephen August Lauer

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The "Bridging the Gap" program provides an opportunity to explore the relationships between learning and power in international agricultural development partnerships. A USAID-funded partnership between Iowa State University and Volunteer Efforts for Development Concerns, this farmer-to-farmer program sent groups of Iowan women farmers to Uganda to teach Ugandan women farmers with the objectives that Ugandans would move from subsistence to commercial farming and that both groups would benefit from the cultural exchange. Data were collected primarily through semi-structured qualitative interviews of 28 Ugandan farmers, 7 Iowan farmers, and several program staff, and were analyzed using a grounded-theory approach. This thesis ...


Essays On Agricultural, Financial Economics And Education, Juan Manuel Murguia Baysse Jan 2013

Essays On Agricultural, Financial Economics And Education, Juan Manuel Murguia Baysse

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This dissertation is devoted to the study of three different topics under the advice of three different mayor professors. The only thing these topics have in common is the interest and curiosity of the author to explain real life events, using applied econometric techniques. Chapter 2 applies financial tools to assess whether stock values reacted across world markets to the announcement of indexes that synthesize the environmental performance of the world's largest publicly-traded companies. The environmental index selected for this purpose is the "Global 100 Ranking" (G100), a ranking of the 100 largest public companies by market capitalization. The ...


Smallholder Farmer Assets, Extension And Marketing In Uganda, Qian Sun Jan 2013

Smallholder Farmer Assets, Extension And Marketing In Uganda, Qian Sun

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The study was initiated to understand how asset building, combined with appropriate extension services, can enable smallholder farmers to address marketing problems. Interviews were conducted in 2009 with 317 farm households in Kamuli district, Eastern Uganda, who were participants in a sustainable rural livelihoods program, led by an indigenous non-governmental organization with support from Ugandan and U.S. universities. Training and support provided opportunities to improve production of crops and livestock, income, nutrition and well-being. Key research questions are: (i) How is the level of smallholders' assets associated with access to extension services? (ii) What influence do assets and extension ...


Integrated Classroom Physical Activity: Examining Perceived Need Satisfaction And Academic Performance In Children, Miriam Ann Blom Skrade Jan 2013

Integrated Classroom Physical Activity: Examining Perceived Need Satisfaction And Academic Performance In Children, Miriam Ann Blom Skrade

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Physical activity is related to better academic performance and prevention of childhood obesity. Classroom-based physical activities, based on recent research studies, seem to target both areas successfully. Move for Thought (M4T) is a recently developed kit that integrates physical activities into academic lessons in the classroom. This thesis is the first to examine the kit's impact on children's motivation and math performance. The study aimed to see (a) if eight weeks of M4T integrated with math, compared to traditional lessons (control), would elicit a gain in math performance and (b) if the basic psychological needs in math (autonomy ...


Understanding The Journey: A Phenomenological Study Of College Students' Lived Experiences During The Weight-Loss Process, Michael W. Davis Jan 2013

Understanding The Journey: A Phenomenological Study Of College Students' Lived Experiences During The Weight-Loss Process, Michael W. Davis

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Although numerous studies have focused on understanding various aspects of the science of weight loss and weight gain in college students, understanding how the weight-loss process affects college students psychologically and behaviorally may help administrators and student affairs professionals to better work with students on their campuses. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to understand the experiences of college students in the weight-loss process. Three models--Transtheoretical, Stages of Change, and Health Belief--were used as guiding frameworks and foundations to understand where the students are in the weight-loss process. The data from this study yielded four significant themes: (a) separating ...


Teacher Perceptions Of The Educational Goals Of The Education And Resiliency Through Horticulture Program, Sara Jane Goemaat Jan 2012

Teacher Perceptions Of The Educational Goals Of The Education And Resiliency Through Horticulture Program, Sara Jane Goemaat

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A review of literature revealed a lack of research related to teacher involvement in school gardens. This research study provides more information to build on the body of knowledge pertaining to school gardens and more specifically the teacher involvement. The research study took place at Gifft Hill School, a private school, on St. John, USVI. The purpose of the study was to determine the extent to which two of the Education and Resiliency Through Horticulture (EARTH) program goals are being met from the perspective of the teachers directly involved with the program. The specific objectives of the study were ...


Undergraduate Education And Attitudes Towards Swine Welfare, Maureen K. Petersen Jan 2012

Undergraduate Education And Attitudes Towards Swine Welfare, Maureen K. Petersen

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How does training in animal science impact college student attitudes toward swine welfare? I devised an on-line survey of first year and senior students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to determine if year in school, major, and farm background was related to concerns about swine well-being. An index of concern was created and used to analyze the categorical swine welfare questions. Comparing animal science students entering and finishing at Iowa State University to the general population of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students in the same years, I found that animal science majors were less concerned ...


Understanding And Acceptance Of Biological Evolution And The Nature Of Science: Studies On University Faculty, Justin William Rice Jan 2012

Understanding And Acceptance Of Biological Evolution And The Nature Of Science: Studies On University Faculty, Justin William Rice

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There are serious problems with biological evolution education. Since the time of Darwin resistance has existed to the idea that biological evolution via natural selection occurs. America has seen more than its fair share of opposition, particularly in recent history. From Scopes to Dover the teaching of biological evolution has been under attack. Most recently foes of biological evolution have argued that intelligent design (ID) is a valid scientific alternative. Those that suggest this hold fundamentally incorrect concepts of the nature of science (NOS), which has been shown to be a factor related to knowledge and acceptance of biological evolution ...


Assessment Of Native Languages For Food Safety Training Programs For Meat Industry Employees, Sherrlyn Sue Olsen Jan 2012

Assessment Of Native Languages For Food Safety Training Programs For Meat Industry Employees, Sherrlyn Sue Olsen

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Challenges arise when teaching food safety to culturally diverse employees working in meatpacking and food manufacturing industries. A food safety training program was developed in English, translated into Spanish, and administered to 1,265 adult learners. Assessments were conducted by comparing scores before and immediately following training. Scores concerning food safety knowledge and food handling behavior improved dramatically when training was conducted in the native language. Impressive gains were noted for Spanish-speaking participants who averaged 96.60% on post-training scores, demonstrating that identical food safety training programs are most successful with both English- and Spanish-speaking individuals when presented in their ...


Importance Of Selected Science And Technology Topics In The Instructional Programs To Iowa High School Agricultural Educators, Shaohong Feng Jan 2012

Importance Of Selected Science And Technology Topics In The Instructional Programs To Iowa High School Agricultural Educators, Shaohong Feng

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Literature suggests that the integration of science and technology knowledge is necessary for the agricultural industry to succeed. Many science and technology advances have changed agriculture significantly. Therefore, teaching science and technology assumes importance for the success of agricultural education. There are many nonformal and formal agricultural education institutions in the United States with the high school agricultural education being the most common one for youth development.

The purpose of this study was to determine the level of importance of selected science and technology topics as perceived by high school agricultural educators in Iowa when integrating these topics into ...


Academic Game Development: Practices And Design Strategies For Creating Stem Games, Mark Edwin Stenerson Jan 2012

Academic Game Development: Practices And Design Strategies For Creating Stem Games, Mark Edwin Stenerson

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In the last decade, there has been an increase in legislation and funding that aims to get students in the United States interested in fields involving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in order to keep the United States competitive with other countries in these important academic areas. However, making these topics interesting and engaging to students has been challenging. A 2010 report by the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology concluded that schools in the United States lack passionate teachers and adequate tools to teach these subjects. Due to these deficiencies, ``too many American students conclude early ...


A Competency Model For Culinology® Graduates: Evaluation Of The Research Chefs Association's Bachelor Of Science In Culinology® Core Competencies, Michael S. Cheng Jan 2012

A Competency Model For Culinology® Graduates: Evaluation Of The Research Chefs Association's Bachelor Of Science In Culinology® Core Competencies, Michael S. Cheng

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Culinology® is the blending of culinary arts and food technology (RCA, 2012). As of 2012, there are 13 RCA-approved Culinology® degree programs, but there has been no research conducted on the effectiveness of the Culinology® competencies in preparing graduates for employment in the food product development industry. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the RCA's Bachelor of Science in Culinology® core competencies prepared graduates for successful employment in the food product development industry.

A sequential explanatory design was used for this research. In the first stage, a survey was used to measure the graduates' and employers ...


The Impact Of A Intervention Program On The Knowledge And Behaviors Of School-Age Children In Alabama Regarding Nutrition And Physical Activity, Angel Nita Dunlap Jan 2012

The Impact Of A Intervention Program On The Knowledge And Behaviors Of School-Age Children In Alabama Regarding Nutrition And Physical Activity, Angel Nita Dunlap

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ABSTRACT

For many years, the prevalence of increased health

problems due to unhealthy eating and physical inactivity has become a huge concern. In study after study, the residents in the state of Alabama have ranked high in such dubious categories as obesity, diabetes, and lack of exercise (Trust for America's Health, 2008). This concern has gained national attention. With this in mind, organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System have begun developing and implementing programs for children and youth that focus on healthy eating and being active. Nevertheless, over the ...


Organization Of Innovation Platforms For Agricultural Research And Development In The Great Lakes Region Of Africa, Annet Abenakyo Mulema Jan 2012

Organization Of Innovation Platforms For Agricultural Research And Development In The Great Lakes Region Of Africa, Annet Abenakyo Mulema

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The Innovation platforms (IPs) approach was developed to address shortcomings of linear approaches to agricultural research and extension. However, `innovation platform' is a relatively new concept in agricultural research for development. There is limited knowledge and understanding of how best to organize IPs to facilitate numerous and multi-directional interaction among diverse stakeholders. The study examined how IPs are organized, the factors which motivated actors to participate in IPs, and the power dynamics within IPs. Data were collected from five IPs in Uganda and Rwanda Sept.-Dec. 2010. We conducted 184 semi-structured interviews with farmers, 34 in-depth interviews (with traders, extension ...


Social Presence, Social Interaction, Collaborative Learning, And Satisfaction In Online And Face-To-Face Courses, Lajoy Renee Spears Jan 2012

Social Presence, Social Interaction, Collaborative Learning, And Satisfaction In Online And Face-To-Face Courses, Lajoy Renee Spears

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The Impact Of A School Garden Program On Agriculture Learning By Primary School Children In Rural Uganda, Amanda Snodgrass Jan 2012

The Impact Of A School Garden Program On Agriculture Learning By Primary School Children In Rural Uganda, Amanda Snodgrass

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The FAO of the UN recognizes food-based systems as a platform to address the cornerstones of sustainable development: learning, nutrition, and income. Food security has a strong relationship to primary education and as access to primary education increases, food insecurity decreases. This study measured the impact of a school garden program on agriculture learning of pupils living in a food insecure region of rural Uganda and aimed to identify if the pupils acquire agriculture knowledge and skills through a school garden program. Agriculture learning of pupils attending a school with a school garden program or attending a school without a ...