Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Agricultural Education and Studies
The major purpose of this study was to assess the perceptions about agricultural education programs as perceived by Farmers Home Administration, Soil Conservation Service, and agribusiness personnel in Iowa. More specifically, this investigation was intended to: (1) determine and analyze the demographic characteristics of these groups; (2) determine the personal involvement and contact of these groups with agricultural education programs; (3) determine the program content of these programs as perceived by these groups; (4) determine the teaching methods used in agricultural education programs as perceived by these groups; and (5) determine the importance of agricultural education programs as perceived by these groups when grouped according to demographic characteristics;Data collection was accomplished through a survey instrument mailed to the Farmers Home Administration, Soil Conservation Service, and agribusiness personnel. The stratified random sampling procedure was used to this investigation. Cronbach's alpha was calculated for the scaled items of the survey instrument and the group factors, namely: personal involvement, program content, method, and perceptions;The major findings of the study revealed farm visits, field days, and demonstrations seemed to be the most used methods in transferring information to program clients. Audio program instructions and telephone conferences were observed to be the least used teaching methods;A majority of the respondents indicated that they first heard about agricultural education programs through mass media communication. A majority of the respondents indicated that they used agricultural education programs "some";The Soil Conservation Service group was observed to have the highest mean score for the involvement item "soil conservation field tours", whereas the Farmers Home Administration group was observed to have the second highest mean score for the involvement item "farm decision-making meetings";It was concluded that several factors influenced the perceptions of the respondents toward agricultural education programs, namely: (1) respondent level of education, (2) use of agricultural education programs, and (3) extent of employment in agricultural education programs.
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Carey L. Ford
Ford, Carey L., "Perceptions of selected agricultural groups toward education programs in agriculture " (1987). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 11678.