Effects of a Recruitment Workshop on Selected Urban High School Students Selfefficacy and Attitudes toward Agriculture as a Subject, College Major, and Career Academic Article uri icon


  • The purpose of this study was to determine if selected high school students participation in a summer agricultural communications workshop affected their selfefficacy and attitudes toward agriculture as a subject, college major, and/or as a career. Data were gathered from an accessible population (N = 145), from which a purposive sample (n = 94) was derived. Data were collected with researcherdeveloped questionnaires, adapted from Mitchells (1993) study of Ohio State University minority students knowledge, perceptions, and career aspirations related to agriculture. Results indicated that urban students preworkshop attitudes were positive toward agriculture as a subject, college major, and as a career, and were significantly more positive after participation in the summer agricultural communications workshops. Students may be more likely to study agriculture, pursue college majors in agriculture, and choose agricultural careers if they favorably viewed teachers workshop participation and/or their friends successfully completing workshop tasks. Additional research should be conducted on the importance of teacher influence on a students selfefficacy in agricultural science subjects.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Agricultural Education

author list (cited authors)

  • Fraze, L. B., Wigenbach, G., Rutherford, T., & Wolfskill, L. A.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Fraze, Lacee Brianne||Wigenbach, Gary||Rutherford, Tracy||Wolfskill, Lawrence A

publication date

  • 2011