Effects of an Introductory Agricultural Education Course on Agricultural Literacy and Perceptions of Agriculture in Urban Students

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Title: Effects of an Introductory Agricultural Education Course on Agricultural Literacy and Perceptions of Agriculture in Urban Students
Author: Riedel, Jodi Songer
Advisors: Jim Flowers, Committee Member
gary moore, Committee Member
Beth Wilson, Committee Chair
Abstract: The purpose of this study has been to determine the effects of an introductory agricultural education course on high school urban students agricultural literacy and their perceptions of the food and fiber industry. North Carolina schools offer an introductory course called Agriscience Applications and is meant to be the first in a series of agricultural education courses. This course is expected to positively impact the agricultural literacy and perceptions of agriculture upon its students. Data were collected from six schools in urban counties throughout North Carolina with 152 respondents. Five questions were specified for this study as follows: 1) Does an introductory agricultural education course increase students agricultural literacy in an urban agricultural education program; 2) does an introductory agricultural education course increase student knowledge of agricultural careers and opportunities for employment; 3) does an introductory agricultural education class increase student knowledge of agriculture's relationship with public policy; 4) does an introductory agricultural education class change a student's understanding of agriculture's relationship with the environment and natural resources; 5) what influence does an introductory agricultural education class have upon students' perceptions of the food and fiber industry? Upon completion of the Agriscience Applications course, students did increase their agricultural literacy. The students showed greatest improvement in agriculture literacy regarding public policy and the least improvement in career related knowledge. The perception scores of students regarding agriculture were not statistically significant.
Date: 2006-08-07
Degree: MS
Discipline: Agricultural Education
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/1536


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