Are champions born or made? Differences between low and high performers in a Missouri Career Development Event

Erica B Thieman, William A Bird, Stacy K Vincent, Robert Terry, Jr

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Abstract

The purpose of this descriptive - correlation study was to describe and identify the differences between high performers and low performers among participants in the Missouri FFA Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event. The variables of interest included: marital status of parents, Free/reduced lunch status, Individual Education Plan (IEP) status, academic grade level, cumulative grade point average, and previous Career Development Event (CDE) experience as factors related to the individual’s performance. Characteristics investigated in this study were determined from a review of related literature on student achievement. This research detected differences between the demographic characteristics of the high performing participants and low performing participants including: IEP status, grade level, free/reduced lunch status, grade point average, marital status of guardian(s), previous experience in livestock evaluation, and gender. Recommendations include increased professional development in accommodating all learners, reinforcement of the purpose of CDEs, and an analysis of other CDE areas
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-32
JournalJournal of Southern Agricultural Education Research
Volume66
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2016

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