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dc.contributor.authorCrouse, Tricia Lynnen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-06T16:06:43Z
dc.date.available2011-08-06T16:06:43Z
dc.date.issued2002-10-04en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-06172002-175150en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/10138
dc.description.abstractRecent advancements in the speed and availability of the Internet have catapulted distance education into the forefront of possible economic education alternatives. Distance learning courses are taught exclusively over the Internet. Economics distance courses provide alternatives for economics students to traditional classroom instruction, and also invite new students to the discipline who may not have otherwise enrolled. An increase in the number of distance courses in the economics field has sparked a debate over the ability of distance courses to provide equivalent educational outcomes as traditional in-class courses. This study evaluates educational outcomes from a traditional section and two distance sections of introductory agricultural microeconomics courses, Economics of the Food and Fiber System (AAEC 1005), taught at Virginia Tech. The study compares student learning, attitudes and interests in economics, and perceptions of instructor effectiveness between traditionally taught students and those taught through distance education. Average exam scores, and common exam questions given to students in both course types, are the measures of student learning used in this study. Attitudes and interest are measured by student survey, and perceptions of instructor effectiveness are measured by student course evaluations. A variety of statistical tests are conducted comparing distance and traditional students in order to determine the influence of delivery method on educational outcomes. Results indicate that traditional students generally obtain higher grades on tests, and have a higher opinion of course instruction than distance students, suggesting that distance education is not an equivalent educational alternative to traditional classroom instruction.en_US
dc.format.mediumETDen_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectTeaching economicsen_US
dc.subjectand interesten_US
dc.subjectattitudesen_US
dc.subjectstudent learningen_US
dc.subjectdistance educationen_US
dc.subjectcomparing instructional methodsen_US
dc.subjectInternet coursesen_US
dc.titleComparisons of the Educational Outcomes from Distance Delivered versus Traditional Classroom Instruction in Principles of Microeconomicsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentAgricultural and Applied Economicsen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAgricultural and Applied Economicsen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairStephenson, Stephen Kurten_US
dc.contributor.committeememberEllerbrock, Michael J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberReaves, Dixie Wattsen_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-06172002-175150en_US
dc.date.sdate2002-06-17en_US
dc.date.rdate2003-06-20
dc.date.adate2002-06-20en_US


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