Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

1991

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Agricultural Education and Studies

First Advisor

A. A. Kahler

Abstract

The objectives of this study were to determine: (1) if the stated state fair objectives for 4-H participants are consistent with the outcomes anticipated by 4-H participants, (2) the relationship of selected descriptive variables to the outcomes anticipated by 4-H participants, (3) the extent to which the stated objectives for 4-H participants are consistent with actual outcomes reported by 4-H participants, and (4) the relationship of selected descriptive variables to the actual outcomes reported by 4-H participants;The sample studied included 4-H'ers with advance entries in the communication department, livestock department, clothing programs and judging contests at the 1989 Iowa State Fair. A random stratified sample of 850 youth was selected and surveyed in advance of and after the state fair. Response rates of 79.5% and 51.6% were obtained for the respective surveys;Data obtained by the questionnaires were statistically analyzed including calculation of means, standard deviations, t-test and oneway analysis of variance. The post-hoc Scheffe test was used to identify where differences among multiple subgroup means existed at the.05 significance level;The stated objectives for 4-H participants were found to be consistent with the outcomes anticipated by 4-H participants. However, the extent to which stated objectives wee consistent with actual outcomes reported 4-H participant were moderately low to moderately high;Females consistently had higher expectations than males and to a less extent reported higher outcomes than males. Major differences were also found by departments for both expected and actual outcomes;When contrasting anticipated outcomes and actual outcomes the actual outcomes were consistently lower;This information should provide program planners direction as they make changes to increase the effectiveness of the Iowa State Fair in helping to achieve the 4-H mission.

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Debbie Johnson Hall

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI9126195

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

98 pages

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