Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Peterson, Donna J.

Committee Member

Wells, Jessica B.

Committee Member

Morgan, Mariah Smith

Committee Member

Denny, Marina D.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Agricultural and Extension Education

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


School of Human Sciences


In today’s society, the majority of our population lacks knowledge about agriculture and its importance. Therefore, there is a demand for agricultural programs to increase a general knowledge of agriculture. This study aimed to develop, pilot test, and evaluate the Hybrid-Online Hatch-out Program. Due to limited resources with the current Hands-on Hatch-out program, this Hybrid-Online Hatch-out Program could reach a larger population of youth and aid in educating more youth about poultry (one of the largest sectors of agriculture). The RE-AIM framework (Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance) was utilized to guide the evaluation process. The program was pilot-tested in two elementary schools with 14 teachers and 172 students in Pre-K through first grade. Overall, teachers were satisfied with the program, indicated that it was feasible to implement, and planned to repeat the program in the future. Additionally, students’ pre- to post-program increase in poultry knowledge was statistically significant.