Murray State Theses and Dissertations



This phenomenological research study examined the factors influencing women to pursue an Agricultural Systems Technology (AST) degree and their self-efficacy in that field of study. Two research questions guided this study and data was analyzed from interviewing women enrolled in an Agricultural Systems Technology (AST) program at a mid-western university. The resulting four categories of Agricultural Experiences, Aptitude, Support, and Motivation were broken down into themes. The results were also applied to the theoretical framework of self-efficacy associated with career choice theories. Limitations of scope and generalizability indicate that further investigation of this topic is highly recommended.


Agricultural programs – refers to high school agricultural courses, Supervised Occupational Experience Programs, and FFA activities.

Agricultural Systems Technology (AST) - related to agricultural structures, electronics/electrical power, precision agriculture/GPS, agricultural power, metal process, agricultural safety and food engineering/processing (Murray State University, 2022).

Self-efficacy - refers to an individual's confidence in their ability to complete a task or achieve a goal (Bandura, 1997).

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Agricultural programs, Agricultural Systems Technology, Self-efficacy

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Dissertation Committee Chair

Dr. Brian Parr

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Kemaly Parr

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Randal Wilson

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