Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

1992

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Agricultural Education and Studies

First Advisor

Alan A. Kahler

Abstract

The purpose of this investigation was to assess the perception of the participants who attended Farm Management in a Market Economy (Workshop I), which was presented at the three agriculture universities in the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic. The workshop was designed to assist them in their efforts in moving from a centrally controlled economy (society) to a market economy (society). Objectives of the study were to determine: (1) to what extent the participants were able to understand the information presented in the workshop; (2) the usefulness of the workshop to the participants in their efforts to understand a market economy; and (3) to what extent the workshop was effectively planned and organized;For the study's first objective, 99.2 percent of the respondents indicated they completely understood the information or they understood most, but not all, of the information presented;The composite overall mean score for the second objective was 4.25 (useful to very useful). The respondents indicated that they felt that the question and response period was the most useful. Least useful were audio visual presentations;For the study's third objective, that of assessing if the participants felt "the workshop was effectively planned and organized," the overall mean score for this objective was 4.06 (more than adequate);Significant differences (=.05) were observed among group means for the objectives when the respondents were grouped by age, professional responsibility, years in current position, and location in which they participated in the workshop;Several of the participants indicated that they felt the workshop was very well presented and several indicated they were going to try to use the information to make changes in their work. The most striking example was given by a participant from the Nitra workshop, Jan' Goldsmith. On Thursday, during the open discussion period set aside for evaluation comments, he publicly announced, "Because of this workshop, I quit my job on the cooperative farm last night and I am going to be a private farmer." Participants also indicated that they felt the workshop was useful to them in their efforts to understand a market economy.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-9458

Publisher

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

Copyright Owner

Gary Allan White

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI9223981

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

159 pages

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