Date of Award:

1-2014

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Agricultural Systems Technology and Education

Advisor/Chair:

Rebecca G. Lawver

Abstract

This study focused on testing the effects of agricultural education on urban high school students’ career choices. It looked into how students view agriculture, how they perceive their peers view agriculture, how their demographics are related to career choice, and if their career choice was changed to a different career upon completion of the study. The study showed a positive relationship between completing an agricultural education class in animal science and interest in going into an agricultural career. Further, females in the study were more likely to choose an agricultural career. After the completion of a school-based agricultural education program, both students and their peers had a more positive outlook on agriculture and its possibilities as a career. Students also increased their career self-efficacy score during the completion of an animal science agricultural education course. They became more confident in their ability to make decisions related to their future career.