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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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.