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dc.contributor.authorTussing, Jessica Lynnen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-18T08:00:08Z
dc.date.available2014-06-18T08:00:08Z
dc.date.issued2014-06-17en_US
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:3084en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/49017
dc.description.abstractThough experiential learning is a popular topic in higher education, a great deal of research in the field neglects to make ties between program outcomes and educational theory, creating a gap in knowledge regarding how participant students truly experience educational programs. Consequently, this study proposes an updated perspective of experiential education that considers the experiential and social aspects of these learning environments. While it is important to determine programmatic impacts, it is equally important to assess how learning has occurred, so programs can be modified accordingly. The Equine Studies Program at the Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center began in 2010, with seven cohorts having completed the program since its inception. At this time, however, no study has been conducted to gain a thorough understanding of the program's purpose, nor assess if programmatic impacts align with its objectives. This study utilized qualitative interview methods to determine the program's objectives and impacts on participants. The findings provide insight on how experiential learning programs can be enhanced to better prepare students for the challenges of modern industry. Recommendations are made for continued research in this area to determine how the implementation of experiential learning programs may impact overall undergraduate curricula. Additional research should also be conducted to compare the impacts of varying types of experiential programs.en_US
dc.format.mediumETDen_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectexperiential learningen_US
dc.subjectsocial cognitiveen_US
dc.subjectundergraduate experiencesen_US
dc.titleThe Critical Need for Experiential Learning Programs in Animal Agricultureen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentAgricultural and Extension Educationen_US
dc.description.degreeMSLFSen_US
thesis.degree.nameMSLFSen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAgricultural and Extension Educationen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairRudd, Rickieen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSplan, Rebecca K.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWestfall-Rudd, Donnaen_US


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