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Doctor of Philosophy


Agricultural Education and Studies


Aquaculture education is a newly born subject area and is considered as a part of agricultural education curriculum in high schools. It has made a positive difference in enrollment and resources available to high school agricultural education program;This study primarily concerns the adoption of innovative aquaculture education technologies and services by high school teachers in the north central region of the United States. It examines different factors that affect adoption of aquaculture education technological innovations by high schools in the north central region of the United States;Data were collected in Fall, 1995 and Spring, 1996. Mail questionnaires were sent to all teachers thought to teach aquaculture (N = 450). A follow-up questionnaire was sent to 238 high school teachers who did not send their responses in the first round. Only, one hundred forty one teachers were identified as high school aquaculture teachers and participated in this study. It is assumed that the population of high school aquaculture education teachers in the North Central Region is approximately 141;The study examines high school aquaculture teacher commitment, perception, attitudes, and demographics, high school characteristics, and some different environmental factors that thought to affect high school aquaculture education;The dependent variable, high school aquaculture technological innovativeness, was measured with a scale that sums the level of use over ten separate aquaculture technological innovations. Independent variables used in this study included perception of aquaculture education by aquaculture high school teachers, demographic attributes of aquaculture high school teachers, high school structure, high school location, linkages with other high schools, attributes of aquaculture education, activities for local community development, barriers to high school aquaculture education, different laws and regulations that may inhibit the adoption of aquaculture education, and some important channels of communication in diffusing high school aquaculture education. Frequency tables, factor analysis, reliability, multiple correlation, and multiple regression were used in the statistical analysis;It was found that SIZE4 (total number of school teachers), COMCA1 (face-to-face communication), SCIOR (scientific orientation), and COMDEV (high school activities for local community development) explained 25 percent of the variation in high school aquaculture technological innovativeness. Implications of results are discussed.



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Sami Abdel-Hadi Moustafa El-Ghamrini



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