Mississippi State University
Newman, Michael E.
Deeds, Jacquelyn P.
Taylor, Walter N.
Date of Degree
Dissertation - Open Access
Agricultural Information Science and Education
Doctor of Philosophy
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
School of Human Sciences
The purpose of this study was to describe the current Master Gardener and County Director perceptions of the Mississippi Master Gardener program. Participation for both groups was voluntary and the Master Gardeners were chosen through random sampling. In the final sample, a total of 43 County Directors and 233 Master Gardeners completed the survey. The dependent variable was motivation functions: Understanding, Values, Enhancement, Protect, Social, and Career. The independent variable was group, which included Master Gardeners and County Directors. Results showed that Master Gardener’s highest ranked reasons for volunteering were related to the Understanding, Values, and Enhancement functions. They volunteered to learn more about horticulture and to help others. Data also showed that volunteers were very satisfied with their overall Master Gardener experience. Eleven of the twelve questions ranked above 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 7. Master Gardener’s highest ranked perceptions of the benefits of the program were also related to the Understanding, Values, and Enhancement functions. County Director’s highest ranked perceptions of benefits of the program were related to the Understanding, Values, and Social functions.
Wilson, Jeffrey Claude, "Reasons for Volunteering, Experiences, and Outcomes for Mississippi State University Extension Service Master Gardener Volunteers" (2009). Theses and Dissertations. 3731.