Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication Department


Date of this Version

Fall 8-1986


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: Agricultural Education Under the Supervision of Professor Allen G. Blezek


Purpose. The primary purpose of this study was to assess the perceptions of Nebraska vocational agriculture instructors with regard to the Cooperatives--Serving Our Community instructional unit. Method. A mailed questionnaire procedure was used to obtain information from 108 of the possible 127 Nebraska vocational agriculture instructors. A total of 78 observations were valid. The dependent variables were instructors' perceptions of instructional unit quality, value, and in-service training. Independent variables included Nebraska Vocational Agriculture Association districts, years of experience as a vocational agriculture instructor, total number of students enrolled in local vocational agriculture programs, instructional unit use-rate and participation mode at District In-service Workshops. The Multivariate and Univarate Tests of Significance were used to determine which variable(s) exhibited significance. The Tukey-HSD procedure was used when necessary to determine whether the subgroups means differed significantly from one another.