Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication, Department of


Date of this Version

Winter 12-1986


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College in the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Science Major: Agriculture Education Under the Supervision of Professor Roy D. DilIon


The primary purpose of this study was to determine the factors which county agents and vocational agriculture teachers perceived to influence the extent of cooperative arrangements and activities that exist in Nebraska. A questionnaire was used to survey county extension agents and vocational agriculture teachers in Nebraska. The sample was drawn from all agents and teachers in Nebraska in April 1986. A 50 percent sample of each population was selected to receive surveys with 34 of the 45 county agents and 61 of the 70 vocational agriculture teachers providing valid responses. The results were tested for frequency and then cross tabulated with the mean scores of the questions. T-tests were performed to determine if there was significance in the responses made by county agents and the vocational agriculture teachers. The results indicated that significance existed in the responses relating to personal factors and activities. Mean scores indicated that both groups, county agents and vocational agriculture teachers, responded negatively to the questions in this area. Mean scores also indicated the vocational agriculture teachers perceived the questions to have a more negative effect than did the county extension agents.