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Master of Science in Community & Leadership Development

Document Type

Master's Thesis


Agriculture, Food and Environment


Community and Leadership Development

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Dr. Rebekah Epps


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a unique and often misunderstood diagnosis. Little is known about the experiences of adolescents with ASD. As students with ASD graduate high school, many are under- and unemployed. Career and technical education (CTE) in U.S. schools is intended to prepare all students for careers post-secondary. Agricultural education is one of the predominate career clusters within CTE. This qualitative single case study sought to create a platform for both a student and their parent to share their experiences in agricultural education and CTE. Participants were an adolescent with ASD who had taken at least one year of agriculture education courses and their parent. Findings reveal the meaningful nature of agriculture education courses and the relationship student and parent have with the agriculture teacher. Recommendations from this study include an increase in qualitative studies about ASD in agriculture education, improved education for teachers regarding ASD, and ways to improve upon student-parent-researcher interviews.

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