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Thesis - University Access Only
Master of Science (MS)
Robert J. Baer
South Dakota's high school Agriculture Education instructors expressed a desire for a dairy foods curriculum to use in their classrooms. To implement a dairy foods curriculum, instructors need to have a working knowledge of dairy foods. One way this knowledge can be gained is by obtaining a dairy foods curriculum and attending an inservice. The objectives of this study were to develop a Dairy Foods Curriculum Packet, provide inservice training, assess barriers to implementing dairy foods education, and improve the quantity of dairy foods instruction at the high school level. The Dairy Foods Curriculum Packet focused on the historical significance of dairy foods, manufacturing processes, the inclusion of laboratory procedures, as well as sample worksheets, tests, and teaching aides. The curriculum was distributed to 68 Agricultural Education instructors in South Dakota; 41 who attended a two-day inservice and 27 who received the curriculum packet with no training. A two-day inservice provided instructors with experiential training on the Dairy Foods Curriculum Packet. Data about barriers to implementation, as well as quantity of dairy foods instruction were obtained through instructor questionnaires. Instructors rated all barriers to teaching dairy foods as "small to medium barriers." After curriculum distribution and inservice training, over half of instructors indicated an increase in class time spent on dairy foods instruction. More than one-half of instructors taught a greater variety of dairy foods topics after receiving the curriculum. Over one-third of instructors who increased dairy foods instruction attributed 75% or more of their increase to the. Dairy Foods Curriculum Packet and inservice. High school dairy foods education can be enhanced by providing curriculum and training to instructors. Dairy foods education is necessary to ensure high school graduates are educated about dairy products and exposed to potential Dairy Science careers.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Dairying -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- South Dakota
High schools -- Curricula -- South Dakota
Agriculture teachers -- In-service training -- South Dakota
High school teachers -- In-service training -- South Dakota
Includes bibliographical references
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Kahnke, Sheri L., "Effectiveness of a Dairy Foods Curriculum Packet and Inservice and the Assessment of Barriers to Dairy Foods Education" (2004). Theses and Dissertations. 1476.