An Examination of the Use of Reusable Learning Objects to Alter Agricultural Students’ Attitudes and Opinions Regarding International Settings
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Understanding students' attitudes, opinions and perceptions is a critical component of the educational process. This understanding becomes even more critical when one considers the need to encourage global awareness as instructors strive to identify ways to positively impact student perceptions related to international settings. The purpose of this study was to measure the impact of reusable learning objects (RLOs) that were created related to the culture of Trinidad and Tobago on undergraduate agricultural students' attitudes about the country. There were three phases to the study: creation of theThurstone scale, administration of the preassessment and administration of the post-assessment. The population of the study consisted of four classes containing a total of 103 students in a College of Agriculture. Findings revealed that engaging in the RLO process had an impact on students' attitudes toward the culture of Trinidad and Tobago. Implications exist for the creation and delivery of vicarious learning tools such as RLOs and for the globalization of students.
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Sandlin, M. R., Murphrey, T. P., Lindner, J. R., & Dooley, K.