Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Experiential Agricultural Education in Burkina Faso: An Assessment of the Rural Promotion Center in Goundi and its Influence on Human Agency Development
by Tsichlis, Jason Tanner, M.S., University of California, Davis, 2015, 148; 1604055
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
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
Subjects: Agricultural education
Keywords: Agricultural education, Burkina Faso, Experiential learning, Human agency, West Africa
Publication Number: 1604055
ISBN: 978-1-339-26051-8
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