ERIC Number: EJ1122913
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Using Perceived Differences in Views of Agricultural Water Use to Inform Practice
Lamm, Alexa J.; Taylor, Melissa R.; Lamm, Kevan W.
Journal of Agricultural Education, v57 n3 p180-191 2016
Water use has become increasingly contentious as the population grows and water resources become scarcer. Recent media coverage of agricultural water use has brought negative attention potentially influencing public and decision makers' attitudes towards agriculture. Negative perceptions could result in uninformed decisions being made that impact the agricultural industry such as increased regulation and decreased permitting. Without adequate water resources the agricultural industry will be unable to enhance or even sustain current production. This study uses knowledge gap theory to identify and compare public and local decision makers' attitudes towards and perceptions of agricultural water use to inform educational programs and communication approaches that could assist in educating and informing about agricultural water use. The findings revealed the public had a positive attitude towards agricultural water use, which significantly differs from decision makers, who were neutral. The public is also more interested in learning about water issues, while decision makers appear to be more apathetic. The findings imply there is a need for education and communication in this realm, particularly with decision makers that are working closely with water authorities in driving water policy.
Descriptors: Water, Agricultural Occupations, Knowledge Level, Attitude Measures, Public Opinion, Local Government, Decision Making, Agricultural Education, Natural Resources, Ecology, Learning
American Association for Agricultural Education. P.O. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site: http://www.aaaeonline.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Florida
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