Title page for ETD etd-040199-235045

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author McGuinn, Catherine Palumbo
URN etd-040199-235045
Title An Assessment of a Vocational Horticulture Training Curriculum at a School for Juvenile Offenders
Degree Master of Science
Department Horticulture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Relf, Paula Diane Committee Chair
Bryant, Clifton D. Committee Member
McDaniel, Alan R. Committee Member
  • at risk youth
  • horticulture therapy
  • vocational training
  • juvenile offenders
  • horticulture
Date of Defense 1999-03-31
Availability unrestricted
A 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 teachers’ observations and project follow-up interviews. Success of the program was based on the students’ successful completion of the program, students’ 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 youths’ 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.

  Filename       Size       Approximate Download Time (Hours:Minutes:Seconds) 
 28.8 Modem   56K Modem   ISDN (64 Kb)   ISDN (128 Kb)   Higher-speed Access 
  etd.PDF 259.76 Kb 00:01:12 00:00:37 00:00:32 00:00:16 00:00:01

Browse All Available ETDs by ( Author | Department )

dla home
etds imagebase journals news ereserve special collections
virgnia tech home contact dla university libraries

If you have questions or technical problems, please Contact DLA.