Date of Award

5-1-2013

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Plant and Soil Science

First Advisor

Pense, Seburn

Abstract

This proposal is based on the following question: Have agricultural education teachers implemented appropriate teaching styles since prior research has been conducted, or are they ignoring a real need? Employing a census survey of 396 secondary agricultural education teachers, this study sought to find whether agricultural teachers were actually using the best teaching styles so that students were better able to understand the learning material. And conversely, the study sought to determine whether teachers were merely using teaching styles with which they were most comfortable. In an effort to meet the educational needs of students in the agricultural education classroom, this study also evaluated student educational needs. We need to ask, do educators primarily instruct with the teaching style from which they themselves learned, or do they teach with newer methods they have learned through teacher training programs?

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