Advancements in Agricultural Development https://agdevresearch.org/index.php/aad <p><strong><em>Advancements in Agricultural Development</em></strong> provides a global outlet for the timely publication of refereed social science research to influence agricultural development practices worldwide by rapidly disseminating theoretically and conceptually sound research focused on practical outcomes. The journal presents knowledge focused on education, extension, human capacity building, diffusion of innovations, leadership, and communication in the context of food, agriculture, and natural resources.</p> Advancements in Agricultural Development, Inc. en-US Advancements in Agricultural Development 2690-5078 Hemp on the horizon: Understanding the influences on industrial hemp purchases https://agdevresearch.org/index.php/aad/article/view/189 <p>The industrial hemp market is expected to grow in upcoming years due to increased use in food, paper, and personal care products, opening new opportunities for farmers across the United States. An increase in hemp products provides an opportunity to better understand consumer preferences and to educate consumers on hemp. The purpose of this research was to understand what influences consumers’ purchases of hemp products. This study was guided by the spiral of silence theory, which proposed that people will conform their attitudes and behaviors to match the perceived majority’s opinion. Students in college-level introductory science courses were surveyed and their attitude toward industrial hemp, perceptions of others’ attitude toward industrial hemp, and knowledge on hemp were measured. Data were analyzed using means, frequencies, and logistic regression. Most respondents reported not having purchased a hemp product in the past six months. The only predictors of hemp purchases were gender and attitude. When accounting for spiral of silence variables and personal characteristics, females were more likely than males to purchase hemp products. Extension educators should partner with hemp growers and processors to discuss how people are commonly using hemp products and to communicate to producers how consumers are using the products.</p> Taylor K. Ruth Blake Colclasure Nathan Conner Andrea Holmes Tessa Durham Brooks Copyright (c) 2022 Taylor K. Ruth, Blake C. Colclasure, Nathan Conner, Andrea Holmes, Tessa Durham Brooks https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2022-07-28 2022-07-28 3 3 1 13 10.37433/aad.v3i3.189 Student teachers’ perceptions of motivation, independence, and supervision preferences: An exploratory study https://agdevresearch.org/index.php/aad/article/view/195 <p>The student teaching experience is one of the most impactful capstone experiences for the preparation of preservice teachers. The supervisor, either a cooperating teacher or university supervisor, plays a critically important role in the student teaching experience. The purpose of this study was to explore preservice teachers' perceived motivation and independence throughout their student teaching experience. It is recommended that early in the student teaching experience, a directive supervision style should be utilized. Then, as motivation starts to decline in the middle of the student teaching experience, the focus of supervision should shift to providing moral support and encouraging commitment to the profession of teaching. Recommendations for future research include replication of this study with future cohorts of student teachers across multiple institutions so data trends can be analyzed longitudinally. Additionally, it is recommended that future iterations of this study should administer a post-then version of the quantitative plotting instrument to control response shift bias.</p> Natalie Ferand Bradley Coleman J. C. Bunch Copyright (c) 2022 Natalie Ferand, Bradley Coleman, J. C. Bunch https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2022-08-01 2022-08-01 3 3 14 28 10.37433/aad.v3i3.195