The rural populace of the landlocked West African Country of Burkina Faso largely engages in small-scale agriculture. Over Burkina Faso’s roughly half-decade of independence the central government has launched efforts to educate and train these landholders—with varying degrees of success. Currently there exists a series of eight vocational agriculture schools for rural youth, termed Centres de Promotion Rurales (CPRs), or Rural Promotion Centers. The following study will focus on the Center-West Region CPR in Goundi. Part 1 is an assessment of the external conditions of the school itself. Using a theoretical framework that identifies the intersections of experiential learning and successful agricultural education, the study aims to determine whether the CPR-Goundi is meeting these previously identified conditions for successful learning in that domain. A naturalistic evaluation was used by employing direct and consistent observation, by completing a quality metric, and by conducting randomized interviews with both recent alumni and current students. These results were ultimately triangulated and peer-debriefed. The large themes to emerge from the assessment were teaching quality and style, curriculum development, external partnerships, funding, and transparency in the budgeting process. Part 2 is an analysis of the school’s role in developing human agency amongst alumni of the program. Using a theoretical framework that highlights the intersections between experiential learning and the development of human agency and self-efficacy, a conceptual framework was developed, probing alumni interviews for references to the four core properties of human agency: intentionality, forethought, self-reactiveness, and self-reflectiveness. Using content analysis for coding the results, specific suites of these core properties emerged along with direct references to the development of self-efficacy. It should be noted that Part 2 cites findings in Part 1.
|Advisor:||Miller, Gerald D.|
|Commitee:||Mitchell, Jeffrey P., Trexler, Cary J.|
|School:||University of California, Davis|
|Department:||International Agricultural Development|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Agricultural education, Burkina Faso, Experiential learning, Human agency, West Africa|
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