Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Secondary Education and Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Patrick Jenlink

Second Advisor

Dr. Karen Embry Jenlink

Third Advisor

Dr. Pauline Sampson

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Dale Perritt


This study was designed to investigate reasons for, and issues regarding, the lack of diversity in the department of agriculture and the Future Farmers of America (FFA). Data for this research were collected, studied, and analyzed. Data were examined to identify explanations for the lack of interest in agriculture among diverse students, and the lack of interest among school administrators and teachers to encourage studies in agriculture among the diverse. The analysis of data verified the existence of a real need for more disquiet in the differences of attitudes among diverse students regarding agriculture and agriculture programs, such as FFA. The findings from the study provided school administrators with conclusions related to the necessity for more concern for encouraging diverse students, as well as all students, to take a greater interest in agriculture.

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