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ERIC Number: EJ995116
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1042-0541
Developing an Instrument to Examine Master Gardeners' Participation Motives
Strong, Robert; Harder, Amy
Journal of Agricultural Education, v53 n3 p71-83 2012
Nonformal education is learner-centered and provides knowledge in a practical manner to participants. Master Gardener is a nonformal extension horticultural program that includes extensive requirements to earn certification. The purpose of this study was to examine the Mergener Education Participation Scale (M-EPS) to evaluate adult motivations to participate in the Florida Master Gardener program. Participants were selected using stratified random sampling and the Tailored Design Method was employed for data collection with a mail survey. The response rate was 86.79% (N = 530). Through principal component analysis, the reliabilities of the new factors were higher than the reliabilities of the factors associated with the M-EPS. Reliabilities of the new factors were: Other's Perceptions 0.93, Vary Routine 0.91, Community Service 0.90, Socialization 0.87, Learning 0.84, and Professional Enhancement 0.82. Researchers should employ the constructs identified by this study to assess adult motives to participate in other Florida Master Gardener programs. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
American Association for Agricultural Education. P.O. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida