Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Education, Counseling and Human Development

First Advisor

Peter Troy White


Curriculum development is an essential component of teaching. Understanding how agriculture education teachers utilize, develop, and adapt content to curriculum can benefit teachers to spend less time on curriculum development. Recognizing the way agriculture education teachers use content in curriculum implementation will allow curriculum developers to create materials that can effectively be used by teachers. This study also looked at the affects of how COVID19 pandemic affected the way teachers locate and develop curriculum. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the way agriculture education instructor’s usage of content for curriculum development, implementation decisions and the affects of the COVID19 pandemic. During this study, a questionnaire was sent out to all agriculture education instructors in South Dakota, using the Dillman Method. The survey was given four a total of four weeks, with reminders going out every week. The findings of this study showed that the most common place to find resources include online learning communities including NAAE Communities of Practice, Agriculture Education Discussion Lab and Teachers Pay Teachers. Teachers also used these online communities to help evaluate credibility of the resources. Along with checking the authors and sources the curriculum came from. The study also concluded that COVID19 pandemic had both positive and negative effects on teacher’s curriculum development, while the full affect will not be known for years to come.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Agriculture -- Study and teaching -- South Dakota.
Agricultural education -- Curricula -- South Dakota.
Curriculum planning -- South Dakota.
COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020-

Number of Pages



South Dakota State University



Rights Statement

In Copyright