Structuring Courses in Turfgrass Science to Stimulate Improved Management Practices
- H. H. Williams
A concept that increased the comprehension of basic science principles (i.e., chemistry, physics, etc.) by all levels of turfgrass management personnel was examined. An experimental syllabus, designed to simplify basic chemistry as related to soils, water, and mineral nutrients, was developed and presented in a 3-hour workshop session to diverse groups of municipal and private industrial employees throughout the greater Los Angeles, Calif., area. Subsequent surveys were conducted to determine any resulting increase in ability to solve common problems in fertilizer selection and use. Questionnaires completed by participants indicated that 78% considered the 3-hour session sufficient to establish a perceived level of understanding rated "reasonable" or higher. Previous study of chemistry appeared to be of only slight advantage (by a factor of 1.2:1). Simple mathematical calculations required to complete the syllabus worksheets posed a serious problem for many participants. The use of electronic calculators alleviated this difficulty. Complete tabulation of the questionnaires indicated encouraging increases in interest and ability to use basic science principles in cultural practices.Please view the pdf by using the Full Text (PDF) link under 'View' to the left.
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