Volume 49 - Number 3 - 2008 | DOI: 10.5032/jae.2008.03034
The purpose of this study was to determine the status and use of greenhouse laboratory facilities by secondary agricultural education instructors in Arizona. Specific objectives were to determine the number of programs with operating greenhouses, types of operating systems, how the facilities are used in the local program, level of preparation of instructors to use greenhouses, use of greenhouse to meet science standards, and barriers to the use of greenhouses. Findings suggest that 75% of agricultural education programs in Arizona have a greenhouse. Teachers are more likely to use the greenhouse for classroom instruction, SAE, and fundraising and less likely to use it for CDE training and agriscience research. Teachers are likely to use a greenhouse to teach to state science standards. Most teachers have little or no postsecondary preparation or previous work experience in horticulture prior to entering teaching and are not satisfied with quantity or quality of use of their greenhouse. Teachers are supportive of a university-level course to prepare preservice teachers to use a greenhouse for education. Lack of funding and experience are perceived barriers to not having a greenhouse as part of the local agricultural education program.