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The Biobuddies Project: Enhancing Agricultural Awareness in Canadian Elementary Schools

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Title: The Biobuddies Project: Enhancing Agricultural Awareness in Canadian Elementary Schools
Author: Brock, Alison
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Capacity Development and Extension
Advisor: Mahone, James
Abstract: This thesis explores the current agricultural perceptions in the grade two students of Guelph Ontario. This research explored current stigma as well as the misconceptions that are often associated with farming in today’s urban populations. Primary data was collected from students through a survey conducted before and after an hour-long presentation in the classroom. The data collected was analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively, using coding methods frequency analysis of the codes chosen by students. Findings revealed that upon initial entry to the classroom most students defined farming through the use of animal-related examples. After the presentation, the students showed interest in other areas of farming, but still maintained a strong connection with the animal theme. Teacher support for this program was seen to an overwhelming degree. Further research should be conducted to help promote a similar program permanently in the Ontario elementary curriculum.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/3621
Date: 2012-04


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