Masters Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Agricultural Extension

Major Professor

Robert S. Dotson

Committee Members

Cecil E. Carter Jr., Dorothy Lyon


This study was concerned with the Management Learning Center materials used at District V 4-H Club Girls Camp in 1973. The purposes were to investigate certain characteristics of two groups of respondents, participants and nonparticipants, in the six unit Management Learning Center Series. Units and their subjects were as follows: 1. Unit One - Getting the Things You Want 2. Unit Two - How to Put Your Money in the Bank 3. Unit Three - This is the Way to Write a Check 4. Unit Four - Small Wonders in the Kitchen 5. Unit Five - Let's Go Shopping for Food 6. Unit Six - Pick a Snack Time Hit Data were collected from fourth through ninth grade girls in attendance at 4-H Camp. A total of 224 pretest questionnaires were judged to be complete and accurate and were used in the analyses. For study purposes, data from the 224 respondents were studied under major headings according to the respondents' : pretest scores; posttest scores; average improvement scores; and number of units completed. Also, comparison was made between 75 participants and 149 nonparticipants regarding average pre, posttest and improvement scores and the general effectiveness of the learning center technique was explored. Most analyses were conducted in terms of numbers, percents, averages and students' t-test. The five percent level of confidence was chosen. Computations were done with the help of The University of Tennessee Computing Center. Major findings of the study were: 1. Higher achievers on both the pretest and the posttest were girls between the ages of eleven and thirteen who were in the sixth through the eighth grades and had been in 4-H for three or more years. 2. Higher average improvement scores were made by girls between the ages of nine and ten who were in the fourth and fifth grades and had been in 4-H for one or two years. 3. The participants made a score difference of 14.1 points (out of 100) more on the posttest than on the pretest. 4. The participants made a 17.8 point higher average score than did the nonparticipants on the posttest. 5. The participants made a slightly higher average pretest and a higher posttest score than did the nonparticipants. 6. Unit IV, Small Wonders in the Kitchen, received the highest "liked" rating. 7. There were no significant differences in the ratings of "things liked about each unit," when selected personal characteristics were studied for the six units. All units were "liked very much." 8. Those who completed one to four units tended to rate the completed units about the same as did those who completed all six units. Conclusions and recommendations also were made.

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