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Comparison of Instructional Methods for Teaching Landscape Construction Techniques to Undergraduate Horticulture Students

Paul H. Henry, Karen Midden and Earl Lieske
NACTA Journal
Vol. 48, No. 2 (June 2004), pp. 8-12
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43765845
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Comparison of Instructional Methods for Teaching Landscape Construction Techniques to Undergraduate Horticulture Students
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Abstract

A software program was created that could be used to familiarize undergraduate horticulture students with common landscape construction techniques. The objective of this study was to evaluate a prototype of this software by comparing its effectiveness to the more traditional type of instruction consisting of lecture and overheads. Students responded to both multiple-choice and graphic response (answer requires graphic representation of technique) questions in a pretest / posttest format. For both types of questions, students in the control (provided information by lecture) and treatment (provided information by software) groups significantly improved their scores on the posttest compared to the pretest. However, there were no significant differences between control and treatment groups on posttest scores. Results of this study indicate that the software program and lecture were equally effective in teaching students about common landscape construction techniques.

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