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Curriculum For Foods Of Animal Origin At Ellsworth Community College, Kaitlyn Bartling Jan 2019

Curriculum For Foods Of Animal Origin At Ellsworth Community College, Kaitlyn Bartling

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Engaging Adult Learners In Extension Programming, Brooke Thelen Jan 2019

Engaging Adult Learners In Extension Programming, Brooke Thelen

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Extension staff and faculty generally come to their Extension careers with technical content knowledge and lack the skills necessary for engaging the adult learner, thus a need arises for educational tools on engaging adult learners for Extension. A brief overview of Extension history followed by a literature review focused on andragogy, Extension education methods, and various educational activities and methods provides the basis of the project. The results of the literature review produced four tools adult educators can use to add variety to adult education programs and further engage adult learners. The products, quick start guides to a flipped classroom ...


Perceived Distance And Instructional Design In Online Agriculture And Life Science Courses, Yahya S. Alotibi Jan 2018

Perceived Distance And Instructional Design In Online Agriculture And Life Science Courses, Yahya S. Alotibi

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

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The purpose of this study was to describe relationships between factors that influence perceived transactional distance (course structure, course interaction, and learner autonomy) and instructional design aspects that help to reduce transactional distance from the learner's perspective. Using Transactional Distance Theory. Specifically, the study sought to identify the extent to which learners felt they were distant from their online course and describe relationships between online students’ perceived distance and factors of transactional distance (course structure, interactions, and learner autonomy).

An online survey was disseminated to 271 students who enrolled in online courses in the College of Agriculture and ...


Perceptions Of Middle, High School And Community College Agricultural Teachers In Iowa Regarding Agricultural Awareness Concepts And Activities In The Middle School Curriculum: Grades 7-9, Abisoye Oyeyinka Odubanjo Jan 2018

Perceptions Of Middle, High School And Community College Agricultural Teachers In Iowa Regarding Agricultural Awareness Concepts And Activities In The Middle School Curriculum: Grades 7-9, Abisoye Oyeyinka Odubanjo

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Teachers are relied upon to teach basic agricultural knowledge among young learners who are devoid of real-world agricultural experiences. The middle school serves as a tool for achieving this goal because self and environmental awareness, and career choices begin at this educational stage. Since agricultural teachers are the major driver of agricultural education program in the middle school, their perceptions regarding this program are important. The purpose of this study was to determine the perceptions of agricultural teachers regarding teaching agriculture and selected course content in the middle school. The Theory of Planned Behavior was used as a theoretical framework ...


Coaching For Success; Iowa Livestock Judging Coaches Manual, Ashley Wiebe Jan 2018

Coaching For Success; Iowa Livestock Judging Coaches Manual, Ashley Wiebe

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The purpose of this creative component is to design a tool for 4-H and FFA livestock judging coaches to use to strengthen their team and teach their students. Livestock judging team participation helps students grow in skills including, but not limited to, communication, confidence, animal evaluation, decision-making, competitiveness, self-motivation, organization, self-discipline, and the ability to accept criticism. A manual was put together as visual material coaches could reference and reuse as they choose. Materials were gathered from 20 years of 4-H, FFA and collegiate livestock judging experiences, as well as coaching and studying other successful coaches techniques to training their ...


Determining Why Agricultural Educators Are Leaving The Profession And How To Increase The Retention Rate, Jay Solomonson Jan 2017

Determining Why Agricultural Educators Are Leaving The Profession And How To Increase The Retention Rate, Jay Solomonson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The field of agricultural education has experienced a consistent labor shortage the past several decades. Consequently, many school districts struggle to fill their open positions, while others are forced to shut down their agricultural programs completely due to inadequate staffing. Research indicates teacher attrition as a predominant factor behind the teacher shortage. The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to determine why agricultural educators are leaving the profession and identify potential action steps to alleviate the problem. Specific objectives included: (1) identify factors influencing current agricultural educators’ decision to leave or stay in the profession; (2) determine factors associated with ...


Team-Based Learning In An Undergraduate Capstone Course: Examining The Effectiveness Of A Learner-Centered Instructional Method For Farm Management And Operation Students, Op Mccubbins Jan 2016

Team-Based Learning In An Undergraduate Capstone Course: Examining The Effectiveness Of A Learner-Centered Instructional Method For Farm Management And Operation Students, Op Mccubbins

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this dissertation was to describe the effectiveness of Team-Based Learning (TBL) in an undergraduate capstone course within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University. The effectiveness of TBL was measured in three ways, as outlined in the objectives for this study. The objectives were to: (1) Describe student perceptions regarding their beliefs and attitudes about learning, motivation to learn, and professional development through critical thinking; (2) Examine student engagement in a TBL formatted course via student reported frequency of engagement activities compared to instructor-rated importance of engagement activities; (3) Explore the impact a ...


Using A Pen Pal Program To Assess Student Learning Through Culture And School Gardens, Samantha Kae Green Jan 2016

Using A Pen Pal Program To Assess Student Learning Through Culture And School Gardens, Samantha Kae Green

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Youth at two schools (St. John, USVI and West Liberty, IA) participated in the I Grow Culture Pen Pal Program. The purpose of the 9-week program was to evaluate middle school student's increase in knowledge and confidence related to communicating local gardening, cultural understanding and sustainability. The collaborating schools were specifically chosen because they each meet the criteria of having a garden for middle school students to integrate English and science into their agriculture curriculum. The objectives of this program were to increase awareness of garden sustainability, understand place-based gardening and environmental sciences, while establishing a garden-based distance cultural ...


Extension Program Needs By Farmers In Tanzania: A Descriptive Study, Kabura James Philip Jan 2014

Extension Program Needs By Farmers In Tanzania: A Descriptive Study, Kabura James Philip

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The agricultural sector in Tanzania is the backbone of economic and social development of her citizens who's liveli-hood depends on this sector for more than seventy five percent of the economy. Until significant efforts are undertaken to the make the agricultural sector move forward, Tanzania will lag behind in food security and abject poverty alleviation. Strengthening agricultural extension services is paramount for attainment of genuine economic growth in the country and sub-Saharan Africa as a whole.

This descriptive study explored the extent to which Extension Programs meet farmer needs in the Ngorongoro district of Tanzania. The main objectives of ...


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

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

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

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 ...


The Land, It's Everything: Women Farmland Owners And The Institution Of Agricultural Conservation In The U.S. Midwest, Jean Crim Eells Jan 2008

The Land, It's Everything: Women Farmland Owners And The Institution Of Agricultural Conservation In The U.S. Midwest, Jean Crim Eells

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This institutional ethnography was undertaken to address the problematic that far fewer women than men participate in the institution of agricultural conservation despite the fact that about the same numbers of men and women own roughly equal amounts of agricultural land in the U.S. Midwest. The institution of agricultural conservation---governmental agencies and private non-profit organizations---provides conservation services such as technical assistance and funding to clients, private farmland owners, who implement conservation practices on their lands.;As a qualitative research methodology, institutional ethnography (IE) is a way to examine otherwise intractable or elusive problems that exist on an institutional level ...


The Study Of The Impact Of The M.S. In Agronomy Distance Education Program On Student Careers, Jesse Duane Drew Jan 2008

The Study Of The Impact Of The M.S. In Agronomy Distance Education Program On Student Careers, Jesse Duane Drew

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this research study was to examine whether the Master of Science in Agronomy Distance Education Program at Iowa State University has had an impact on students' career mobility and economic status. Lifelong learning opportunities for agricultural professionals, like a majority of other field professional are growing exponentially. During the 2004 fall semester, 53 participants in the Master of Science in Agronomy Distance Education Program were given the Distance Education Impact Assessment Survey (DEIAS). Additional knowledge and training for adult students is essential for career advancement, and this research project intends to demonstrate how a Master of Science ...


Perceptions Of Agricultural Extension Educators Regarding Livestock Waste Management Education In The North Central Region, David Kwaw-Mensah Jan 2008

Perceptions Of Agricultural Extension Educators Regarding Livestock Waste Management Education In The North Central Region, David Kwaw-Mensah

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Livestock production in the United States yields large quantities of livestock waste annually. The North Central region of the United States produces a variety of livestock including swine, cattle and poultry. Livestock waste is a rich source of plant nutrients and organic matter. The environmental risks of pollution associated with livestock waste raises major concerns of agricultural educators, researchers and policy makers. Best management practices have been developed for livestock waste management. There is limited research information regarding livestock waste management education.;The purpose of this study was to identify the perceptions of county extension educators in the North Central ...


Identity Preservation & Traceability: The State Of The Art - From A Grain Perspective (Status Of Agricultural Quality Systems / Traceability / Certification Systems), Gregory Scott Bennet Jan 2008

Identity Preservation & Traceability: The State Of The Art - From A Grain Perspective (Status Of Agricultural Quality Systems / Traceability / Certification Systems), Gregory Scott Bennet

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A descriptive paper on the state of identity preservation and traceability (IPT) as it relates domestically and internationally to food safety and economics. While not exhaustive, it is illustrative of trends. Identity preservation and traceability (IPT) are not new concepts; however, the growth of public and business interest and concerns regarding them has grown tremendously during the past decade due to many events, which has resulted in these concepts joining together within a single concept (with the same title). This paper, while attempting to be thorough, will highlight the major systems of IPT from a US business perspective. Before and ...


Communication Apprehension, Information Technology Fluency, And Internet Access As Factors Affecting College Students' Participation In In-Class And Online Discussion, Edwin James Damman Jan 2007

Communication Apprehension, Information Technology Fluency, And Internet Access As Factors Affecting College Students' Participation In In-Class And Online Discussion, Edwin James Damman

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this explanatory, non-experimental research study was to identify relationships between factors affecting college students' participation in class discussions, both in-class discussion and through an online threaded discussion forum. The predictor variables identified as factors were: apprehension of class participation, apprehension of computer-mediated communication, degree of information technology fluency, and Internet access (which provides a gateway to the online threaded discussion forum). The outcome variables were the amount of classroom discussion participation and the amount on online threaded discussion participation exhibited by the students.;Analyses of the data collected in this study revealed a moderate negative relationship (r ...


Farmers' Experiences And Perceptions Of The Naads Agricultural Extension System/Program In Kabale District, Uganda, John Musemakweri Jan 2007

Farmers' Experiences And Perceptions Of The Naads Agricultural Extension System/Program In Kabale District, Uganda, John Musemakweri

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Agricultural knowledge and information play a major role in agricultural development, particularly in food production in Uganda. One of the influential extension approaches used for the past decades has been extension-centered approach which focused more on improving efficiency in agricultural production rather than the educational process. The new National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) extension program has emphasized a farmer-centered approach. The purpose of the study was to explore the farmers' experiences and perceptions of the NAADS agricultural extension systems/program in Kabale district, Uganda. The study addressed two main research questions: (1) What are the perceptions of farmers regarding the ...


Program Theory Of A Usda Grants Program For Use In Evaluation Based On Quantitative Content Analysis And Oral History Narrative Analysis, Elena Yu Polush Jan 2007

Program Theory Of A Usda Grants Program For Use In Evaluation Based On Quantitative Content Analysis And Oral History Narrative Analysis, Elena Yu Polush

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This research was conceived on the premise that a good evaluation plan for a program begins with explicating the program's essential conceptual underpinnings, namely the program theory. Theory-based evaluation is generally recognized as enhancing the quality of evaluation. However, the theory-based approach remains underutilized in evaluation of federal competitive grants programs. The goal of the research was to depict a coherent description of program theory for the Higher Education Challenge (HEC) grants program grounded on core aspects of theories developed in two studies. The research used quantitative content analysis to systematically study the texts of Request for Application (RFA ...


Iowa Teachers' Perceptions Regarding The Effectiveness Of Agriculture Teacher Education Programs In Addressing Teaching Standards And Criteria, Kebatenne Hulela Jan 2007

Iowa Teachers' Perceptions Regarding The Effectiveness Of Agriculture Teacher Education Programs In Addressing Teaching Standards And Criteria, Kebatenne Hulela

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to explore and describe perceptions of secondary school-level teachers of agriculture in Iowa regarding the effectiveness of agricultural education teacher preparation programs in addressing education licensure standards and criteria, and subject content in agriculture during teacher preparation. Standards have been introduced in education to serve as guiding principles for the content and procedures in preparing teachers.;Formalized standards-based education has been in place since 2001, yet little is known about teacher perceptions regarding standards, particularly in agricultural education. This research study was descriptive, and used quantitative and qualitative data. An online questionnaire was used ...


Food Safety Training As Adult Education: Determining Prior Knowledge In The Service Of Scientific Conceptual Change , Jason D. Ellis Jan 2006

Food Safety Training As Adult Education: Determining Prior Knowledge In The Service Of Scientific Conceptual Change , Jason D. Ellis

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A common recommendation for addressing the serious issue of foodborne illness is to train foodservice managers to handle and store foods safely. Typically, food safety education is considered successful when managers become certified through such programs as ServSafeRTM, which is offered by Cooperative Extension and other organizations. However, sustained behavior change has been limited. The research contributed to understanding the nature of the limitations of current programs, toward betterment of food safety education. The goals of the research was to describe the type and extent of conceptual understandings possessed by trained and certified foodservice workers of scientific principles relevant to ...


The Enablers And Barriers Of Providing Professional Practical Skills Education To Rural Elementary School Students In Zhejiang, China , Difei Shen Jan 2006

The Enablers And Barriers Of Providing Professional Practical Skills Education To Rural Elementary School Students In Zhejiang, China , Difei Shen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Professional technical skills (technical skills) and professional practical skills (practical skills) are two kinds of education that are often discussed in terms of technical knowledge and life skills respectively. The acquisition of both technical and practical skills not only is the outcome of education, but also is required by a market economy. However, Chinese rural students are not provided practical skills under the traditional exam-oriented educational system. This study argues to build the educational infrastructure in rural China to provide both kinds of skills to improve the quality of its rural human resources;The purpose of this study is to ...


An Analysis Of Pre-Service Teacher Preparation And Instructional Supervisory Practices In Agricultural Education , Moreetsi Thobega Jan 2006

An Analysis Of Pre-Service Teacher Preparation And Instructional Supervisory Practices In Agricultural Education , Moreetsi Thobega

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation contained three articles that explored teacher preparation in Agricultural Education. The first article was a descriptive-correlational study; it described the relationship between pre-service teachers' performance on PRAXIS II (initial teacher licensing examination) and their performance on college academic measures. The study utilized existing records from the Department Agricultural Education and studies at Iowa State University. Professional education GPA explained significant variability in principles of learning and teaching (PLT) scores. Males scored higher than females on the Agriculture content (AgC) test. Agriculture GPA did not explain significant variability in AgC scores. Additional research should be conducted to determine whether ...


The Impact Of The Secondary Agricultural Education Program On Latino Students: Perspectives Towards The Agricultural Education Class, The Local Ffa Organization And The Supervised Agricultural Experiences Program In Iowa Public Schools , Aurelio Curbelo Jan 2006

The Impact Of The Secondary Agricultural Education Program On Latino Students: Perspectives Towards The Agricultural Education Class, The Local Ffa Organization And The Supervised Agricultural Experiences Program In Iowa Public Schools , Aurelio Curbelo

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Due to the increasing population of Latino students in the Iowa secondary agricultural education program and the need for minority leaders in agriculture, the goal of this study was to survey a group of students in agricultural classes to understand their perspectives towards the learning components of the program. This study found that Latino students in Iowa secondary schools were supportive of the agricultural education program and interested in participating in experiential programs. Recommendations from this study are to encourage Latino students to actively participate in secondary agricultural classes. A greater effort from educators to recruit and research minority students ...


The Influence Of An Integrated Course Cluster On The Communication Skills, Technical Content Knowledge, And Problem-Solving Skills Of Upper-Level College Students , Cynthia Carolyn Crawford Barnett Jan 2006

The Influence Of An Integrated Course Cluster On The Communication Skills, Technical Content Knowledge, And Problem-Solving Skills Of Upper-Level College Students , Cynthia Carolyn Crawford Barnett

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this quasi-experimental study was to determine if upper-level college students who participated in AgPAQ, an integrated course cluster learning community, would demonstrate enhanced learning in the areas of oral communication, written communication, technical content knowledge, and problem-solving;The population (N=182) consisted of students who participated in AgPAQ, the treatment group (n=33), and five comparison groups: the AgEdS 450 farm management class (n=57); the Agronomy 356 class (n=36); the Agronomy 356/English 309 integration ( n=35); the paid AgPAQ volunteer group (n=7); and the paid non-AgPAQ volunteer group (n=14). Students in these ...


Sustainable Agriculture And The Perceptions Of High School Agriculture Teachers In The North Central Region Of The United States , Mathew Ajuoga Muma Jan 2006

Sustainable Agriculture And The Perceptions Of High School Agriculture Teachers In The North Central Region Of The United States , Mathew Ajuoga Muma

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The debate about the socio-economic and environmental challenges associated with conventional agricultural systems in the U.S.A. in the 1980s vis-a-vis sustainable agriculture (SA) has included the definition of SA, the role of education in addressing the challenges and what should be taught about SA in high school and beyond. Proponents of SA claim education about SA can facilitate solutions to the current problems in agriculture, stimulate rural economic development and enrich scientific teaching of SA (Feldman, 1999; Sanstone, 2003/2004). The purpose of this study was to identify the beliefs of high school agriculture teachers about SA, and ...


Agricultural Extension Educators' Perceptions Regarding The Teaching And Learning Process Related To Water Quality Issues In The North Central Region Of The United States , Mohamed Camara Jan 2006

Agricultural Extension Educators' Perceptions Regarding The Teaching And Learning Process Related To Water Quality Issues In The North Central Region Of The United States , Mohamed Camara

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The North Central Region of the United States is the largest grain producer in the world. Therefore, the soil is intensively exploited which will eventually affect the water in this region. Most of the states in the NCR border the Mississippi River, thus contributing to the quality of water in the Gulf of Mexico. A review of related studies indicated a lack of suitable educational programs to assist farmers, communities, and extension agencies in understanding issues regarding water quality issues. However, these past studies did not focus on agricultural extension educators' perceptions regarding the teaching and learning process related to ...


Early Field Experiences In Agricultural Teacher Education, Michael S. Retallick Jan 2005

Early Field Experiences In Agricultural Teacher Education, Michael S. Retallick

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The primary purpose of this dissertation was to describe the nature of early field experience (EFE) in agricultural teacher education programs nationally. The dissertation was divided into three papers. The first paper was a descriptive census study of all active agricultural teacher education programs (N=82). The results of the study provide a general profile of EFE in agricultural teacher education. EFE is a required component of teacher education and offered multiples times. The requirements include completing the experience within agricultural education, a minimum number of contact hours, and minimum number of lessons planned and taught. Placement restrictions and minimum ...


Secondary Agricultural Educators' Validation Of Selected Agricultural Mechanics Objectives In Wisconsin , Richard Lee Bockhop Jan 2005

Secondary Agricultural Educators' Validation Of Selected Agricultural Mechanics Objectives In Wisconsin , Richard Lee Bockhop

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this descriptive study was to validate selected agricultural mechanics objectives in Wisconsin. The population consisted of all secondary agricultural education teachers in Wisconsin. The survey instrument was pilot-tested using 47 educators that had experience in agricultural mechanics and/or agricultural education. The instrument was sent electronically to 286 agricultural teachers. Overall, 269 usable responses were received for this study. Wisconsin agriculture teachers validated 99 agricultural mechanics objectives for consideration in secondary agricultural education programs. Additionally, teachers indicated strong support for pre-service and in-service training for the 99 validated objectives. Teachers averaged 14.1 years of experience and ...


Comparison Of Students' Opinions Toward Experiential Learning In Two Undergraduate Agricultural Capstone Courses Designed With Contrasting Delivery Techniques , Charles Russell Steiner Jan 2004

Comparison Of Students' Opinions Toward Experiential Learning In Two Undergraduate Agricultural Capstone Courses Designed With Contrasting Delivery Techniques , Charles Russell Steiner

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine similarities and differences in students' perceptions towards learning in two senior-level farm management experientially based capstone courses, similar in content, but vastly different in delivery and teaching methods. A secondary purpose was to determine if there was a favorable means for teaching farm business management concepts to young adult learners.;The objectives of the study were: (1) To examine selected demographic characteristics of the students enrolled in these two experientially-based capstone courses. (2) To determine the effectiveness of these two capstone courses using Crunkilton's criteria. (3) To identify the effectiveness of ...


Education And Water Conservation In Tucson, Arizona: Towards An Educational Model For Saudi Arabia , Mohammad Sh Al-Shayaa Jan 2004

Education And Water Conservation In Tucson, Arizona: Towards An Educational Model For Saudi Arabia , Mohammad Sh Al-Shayaa

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Saudi Arabia and Tucson, Arizona are both surrounded by desert and rely on groundwater. Both places also suffer from similar types of water shortage problems. The average water usage, in gallons per person per day, in Tucson is 160. In contrast, in Saudi Arabia this figure is 260. Respectively, these factors encouraged the researcher to investigate the educational roles in Tucson. The findings and experience gleaned from Tucson will be used in Saudi Arabia where the researcher is planning to pursue his career.;Information circulated to the Tucson public about water conservation demonstrates effectiveness in addressing issues related to water ...


Examining Non-Participation Through People's Functional Perspectives: A Q Methodology Study Of Non-Participating Uruguayan Dairy Farmers , Brett Andrew Kramer Jan 2004

Examining Non-Participation Through People's Functional Perspectives: A Q Methodology Study Of Non-Participating Uruguayan Dairy Farmers , Brett Andrew Kramer

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation illustrates how Q Methodology was used to solve a problem of low enrollment in a dairy herd genetic registry project in Uruguay to better understand the reasons why many farmer producers declined to participate. The results of Q Methodology led to a more satisfying understanding of the needs, interests, and values of non-participants in this agricultural extension project. The dissertation argues for expanded use of Q as a tool for educational program planning and evaluation in addition to its better known use as a research instrument.;Q statements were developed from in-depth interviews with non-participating producers and project ...