Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Agricultural & Extension Education (MS)
Agricultural Education, Communications and Technology
Donna L. Graham
Don W. Edgar
Second Committee Member
Leslie D. Edgar
Third Committee Member
H. L. Goodwin
Education; Agricultural education; Coorperative learning; Knowledge acquisition; Traditional and nontraditional students
Currently, students entering secondary agricultural education programs have less knowledge and hands-on experience about agriculture than previous generations. Agricultural educators are challenged to vary teaching practices to meet student needs. The purpose of this study was to determine if there is a difference in knowledge acquisition between students enrolled in secondary agricultural education classes taught by cooperative learning and lecture instruction. Additionally, this study explored the knowledge acquisition of traditional and non-traditional secondary agricultural education students and perceptions of instructional methods presented. Eight schools participated in the study. No significant difference was seen in test scores between methods of instruction, but a significant difference was noted between traditional and non-traditional students. Overall, students preferred the lecture based instruction. The study found that both methods of instruction improved knowledge acquisition. The study also found that traditional students had a higher gain in knowledge acquisition than non-traditional students.
Bills-Hunt, Beth Ann Jean, "Assessing Knowledge Acquisition Through Lecture and Cooperative Learning: Traditional and Non-traditional Secondary Students in Agriculture" (2012). Theses and Dissertations. 559.