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Gender differences in an on-line certification program for goat producers

R. C. Merkel, T. A. Gipson, and T. Sahlu

Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Goats. Page 141. International Goat Association. 2008

In 2006, a Langston University-led consortium of 11 universities and 5 meat goat producer groups unveiled an on-line training and certification program (http://www2.luresext.edu/training/qa.html). The program consists of 22 learning modules. Participants take pre- and post-tests and must record a minimum score of 85% to pass the 16 required and a minimum of 3 elective modules for certification. Should a score of 85% be achieved on the pre-test, the participant has no need to take a post-test. As of November, 2007, 416 participants had registered for the program and 39 had completed the requirements for certification. A greater proportion of males (230) than females (186) enrolled in the certification program ( 2=4.65; P<0.05). The same gender proportion of enrolled participants also existed for those becoming certified, 24 males vs 15 females, ( 2=0.45; P=0.45). For those responding to a question concerning employment, a greater proportion of females than males enrolled in the program were engaged in full-time farming compared to part-time farming 51 vs 36 and 113 vs 145 for females and males engaged in full- and part-time farming, respectively, ( 2=5.73; P<0.02). However, this trend did not hold for the certified participants and more certified females than males responded as being full-time farmers, 7 vs 4 and 6 vs 15 for females and males engaged in full- and part-time farming, respectively, ( 2=3.67; P<0.06). No differences were found between males and female participants in farm size ( 2=8.29; P=0.30) or herd size ( 2=2.22; P=0.70). Females tended to score higher on pre-tests than males (85.4 vs 80.3%, P<0.06) and a proportionately higher percentage of males than females were required to take post-tests ( 2=6.94; P<0.01). There was no difference in post-test scores between genders. Males tended to record a greater difference between pre- and post-test scores than females (11.0 vs 5.2%, P<0.06). Results show that women goat farmers will actively participate in an on-line certification program. Pre-test scores show that the knowledge of women producers was on par or above that of male producers. The similarity in post-test scores is an indicator of the effectiveness of the training modules.


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