Impact of a poultry and egg education workshop on 4-H youth

Morgan Beaty, Tennessee State University


The Poultry and Egg Education Project (PEEP) is part of an Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Competitive Grant (TENX-2011-06512) supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture. PEEP aims to reduce instances of foodborne illness by educating consumers of food safety practices. Education through youth programming is one of the best ways to educate families and communities. This study sought to better understand how providing 4-H youth food safety messages outlined in PEEP could help reduce instances of foodborne illness in families and communities by evaluating attitudes and intentions of implementation of lessons learned during an educational workshop on poultry and egg safety. Among a sample of 4th-6th grade 4-H youth attending various 4-H camps (n = 190), there was a statistically significant difference between overall pre-test knowledge scores (M = 6.61, SD = 1.74) and post-test knowledge scores (M =10.46, SD =1.65); t(189)= -24.61, p ≤ .05. Cohen’s effect size value (d = 2.21) suggested a effectiveness of the workshop in teaching poultry and egg safety themes. An overall positive response was reported of youths’ intentions of implementation of the messages learned during the study. The preliminary poultry and egg safe handling and use training for 4-H youth positively impacted knowledge, perceptions, and intentions. Findings from this study will help guide the creation and implementation of a science based, poultry and egg safety curriculum for youth.

Subject Area

Food Science|Agriculture|Agricultural education

Recommended Citation

Morgan Beaty, "Impact of a poultry and egg education workshop on 4-H youth" (2016). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI10243761.