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dc.contributor.authorMcGuinn, Catherine Palumboen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:33:04Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:33:04Z
dc.date.issued1999-03-31en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-040199-235045en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/31603
dc.description.abstractA vocational horticulture curriculum was assessed for its effectiveness in strengthening social bonds and changing attitudes about personal success and job preparedness in a group of juvenile offenders. The curriculum focused on vocational training and entry-level job skills in horticulture and landscaping and prepared the youth for internship positions in grounds maintenance. Pre/post-tests based on Hirsch=s tests of social bond for juvenile delinquents were developed to address attitudes toward school, teachers, peers, opinions on personal success, and environmental attitudes. A separate pre/post test dealt with careers and aspirations. Results from these tests were compared to tests administered at a comparable program in an urban setting. Behavioral records for one semester before and the semester during the horticulture curriculum were compared. Daily journals maintained by service-learning student mentors were analyzed for observational themes, as were teachersâ observations and project follow-up interviews. Success of the program was based on the studentsâ successful completion of the program, studentsâ desire and ability to be hired for summer internships and/or employment in horticultural related jobs. Due to the limited size of the study group (6), this research project intends only to provide a profile of several youthsâ response to vocational horticultural training with regard to the objectives stated above. It is exploratory in nature and offers ideas for future larger scale research and confirms some existing trends in research with juvenile offenders.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.rightsI hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the right to archive and to make available my thesis or dissertation in whole or in part in the University Libraries in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all proprietary rights, such as patent rights. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis or dissertation.en_US
dc.subjectat risk youthen_US
dc.subjecthorticulture therapyen_US
dc.subjectvocational trainingen_US
dc.subjectjuvenile offendersen_US
dc.subjecthorticultureen_US
dc.titleAn Assessment of a Vocational Horticulture Training Curriculum at a School for Juvenile Offendersen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentHorticultureen_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.disciplineHorticultureen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairRelf, Paula Dianeen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBryant, Clifton D.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMcDaniel, Alan R.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-040199-235045/en_US
dc.date.sdate1999-04-01en_US
dc.date.rdate2000-06-04
dc.date.adate1999-04-06en_US


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