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The Biobuddies Project: Enhancing Agricultural Awareness in Canadian Elementary Schools

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dc.contributor.advisor Mahone, James Brock, Alison 2012-05-11T17:25:32Z 2012-05-11T17:25:32Z 2012-04 2012-04-23 2012-05-11
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Perceptions en_US
dc.subject Agriculture en_US
dc.subject Canadian en_US
dc.subject Children en_US
dc.subject Schools en_US
dc.title The Biobuddies Project: Enhancing Agricultural Awareness in Canadian Elementary Schools en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Capacity Development and Extension en_US Master of Science en_US School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US
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