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Doctor of Philosophy


Agricultural Education and Studies


The purpose of this study was to determine the need for adult and postsecondary agricultural education in the Eastern Navajo Agency. The study established a profile of Navajo agricultural producers and agricultural production in the Eastern Navajo Agency, determined perceptions of conditions and need for agricultural education, determined extent of interest in specific agricultural topic areas, tested relationship between perception of and interest in agricultural education, and developed equations for predicting level of interest in agricultural topics;The population of the study was comprised of 150 Navajo adults who attended one of the educational meetings conducted in nine communities throughout the Eastern Navajo Agency during March 17 - April 4, 1986. A survey instrument was developed and used to collect the data. The response mode on the survey instrument utilized a five-point Likert scale. Parametric and non-parametric statistical procedures were used to analyze and summarize the data. The survey instrument was found to have a reliability coefficient of .84 for the perception scale and .94 for the interest scale;The major findings of the study were: (1) according to all indicators (land size, income, livestock holdings), the respondents were small-scale producers; (2) the majority of the respondents used friends/other ranchers as sources of new information about livestock production and/or range management; (3) livestock products were used primarily for domestic consumption; (4) the respondents believed there was a real need for agricultural education in the Eastern Navajo Agency; (5) agricultural topics of most interest to the respondents were livestock management and range management; (6) the preferred educational meetings were workshops/seminars on a periodic basis at the community level for local producers; (7) there was no significant relationship between perception about conditions/needs for agricultural education and level of interest in agricultural education; (8) none of the demographic variables investigated made a significant contribution to the prediction of the level of interest in agricultural topic areas; and (9) the respondents perceived there was a lack of job and business opportunities in the Eastern Navajo Agency.



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