Investigating the impacts of a preservice agriculture teacher recruitment program using Kirkpatrick’s program evaluation model

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https://doi.org/10.5032/jae.v64i1.37

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preservice agriculture teacher recruitment program, program evaluation, school-based agricultural education students, Teach Ag Campaign

Abstract

Although post-secondary school agricultural education degree programs strive to meet the need of supplying agriculture teachers, the gap between teacher demand and supply continues to exist. The Teach Ag Campaign is a joint effort of the agricultural education profession to recruit and retain agricultural educators and encourage students to pursue a career in teaching agriculture. Given the systematic program evaluation of the effects of Teach Ag Campaign efforts on agriculture teacher supply is lacking, this study investigated the outcomes and effectiveness of a preservice agriculture teacher recruitment program using Kirkpatrick’s program evaluation framework. The results indicated that the design and implementation of the Agricultural Education Institute (AEI) effectively met the needs of program participants, and the program positively affected participants’ knowledge, attitude, and aspiration regarding a career teaching agriculture. In addition, the findings demonstrated that the AEI contributes to producing agriculture teachers who support Florida's school-based agricultural education programs. Based on the results of this study, recommendations for practice in terms of participant recruitment, program design, implementation, and future research were proposed.

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Gangseok Hur, University of Northern Iowa

Gangseok Hur is a Postdoctoral Scholar of the Center for Social and Behavioral Research at the University of Northern Iowa, 2034 College Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50614, gangseok.hur@uni.edu, https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1909-1187

Debra Barry, University of Florida

Debra M. Barry is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication at the University of Florida, 1200 North Park Road, Plant City, FL 33563, dmbarry@ufl.edu, https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9579-3872

Carla Jagger, University of Florida

Carla B. Jagger is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication at the University of Florida, PO Box 110540 Gainesville, FL 32611, carlajagger@ufl.edu, https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9796-6271

Katrina Alford, University of Florida

Katrina Alford is an Education/Training Specialist of the Center for Online Learning and Technology at the University of Florida, PO Box 110270 Gainesville, FL 32611, trini@ufl.edu, https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2769-1388

T. Grady Roberts, University of Florida

T. Grady Roberts is a Professor of Agricultural Education in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication at the University of Florida, 220 Rolfs Hall, PO Box 110540, Gainesville, FL 32611, groberts@ufl.edu, https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7618-7850

 

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Published

2023-03-31

How to Cite

Hur, G., Barry, D., Jagger, C., Alford, K., & Roberts, T. G. (2023). Investigating the impacts of a preservice agriculture teacher recruitment program using Kirkpatrick’s program evaluation model. Journal of Agricultural Education, 64(1), 184–200. https://doi.org/10.5032/jae.v64i1.37

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Journal of Agricultural Education

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