Date

6-2010

Degree Name

BS in Agricultural Science

Department

Agricultural Education and Communication Department

Advisor(s)

Robert Flores

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to create an educational video based upon hydroponic farming. It was created for agricultural educators, in hope high school agricultural teachers would show it in their classrooms. The goal was for students to be able to see a commercial style hydroponic system, and to understand the basic concepts of operation. The video was intended to be supplemented with additional printed information on alternative farming methods. It was not intended to be a sole source of information, but should instead be used to enhance the learning environment for students.

The survey of local high school agricultural teachers asked them to answer the five main questions regarding the video, Hydroponic Production: 1.) Do you currently implement hydroponics in your teaching curriculum? 2.) Do you feel that your students would benefit from learning more about hydroponics? 3.) Do you feel that the video, "Hydroponic Production," was educational and easy to understand?

4.) Overall, would you use the video as a supplement for teaching more about hydroponics? 5.) What changes would you recommend to enhance the video and its overall effectiveness?

There were no results to prove that the video would be either effective or non-effective within high school agricultural programs. The teachers that were asked to respond and evaluate the authors’ video either did not care or did not have the time to reply. After completing the senior project, gathering the results, and reviewing the findings, the authors determined that the creation of the video could be a great success if the teachers had taken the time to evaluate its usefulness.

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