Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Attitudes of agriscience teachers, counselors, administrators, and students toward selected agriscience programs in Mississippi
by Brister, Mary Hitchner, Ph.D., Mississippi State University, 2008, 221; 3331448
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to determine the attitudes of administrators, counselors, agriscience teachers, and students towards the high school agriscience programs in Mississippi. It was also to determine the average scores of students on a criterion-based exam, and to determine if there was a correlation between the attitude scales of the agriscience teachers, counselors, administrators, students, and the student scores on the exam. The study used a descriptive survey and a descriptive-correlational design.

Three different surveys were sent out to 356 agriscience teachers, counselors, and administrators at schools with either a Concepts of Agriscience Technology course or an Introduction to Agriscience course. Superintendents were asked for their permission, and subsequently, 14 teachers agreed to let their students be surveyed and tested on a criterion-based exam created by the Research and Curriculum Unit.

The surveys asked the teachers, counselors, and administrators about their attitudes towards the two agriscience programs using four scales: science integration into the agricultural curriculum, the agricultural industry and agriscience courses in general, standardized testing in agricultural programs, and science credit for completion of agriscience courses. The students were surveyed about their attitudes towards agriscience programs in general.

Based on 201 usable surveys from the agriscience teachers, counselors, and administrators, and 156 student surveys and test scores, data were analyzed by descriptive statistics and Pearson Product Moment correlations. It was determined that there were statistically significant correlations between the attitude scales of the teachers, counselors, and administrators. There was only one statistically significant correlation to the student test scores and that was the administrator attitude scale about science integration. This relationship was determined to be of a moderate negative relationship based on Davis' (1971) conventions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Swortzel, Kirk A.
Commitee: Hamil, Burnette, Newman, Michael E., Raven, Matt R.
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Agricultural Information Science and Education
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: DAI-A 69/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Agricultural education, Secondary education
Keywords: Agricultural industry, Agriscience, Mississippi, Science credit, Science integration, Standardized testing
Publication Number: 3331448
ISBN: 978-0-549-89493-3
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