Date Dissertation Completed
Doctorate of Education
Barbara D. Holmes
Dissertation Committee Members
DeJuanna M. Parker, Dennis A. Westbrooks
This qualitative phenomenological study explored forestry career readiness from the perspective of forestry employers and early career forestry professionals. A virtual focus group interview, individual online interviews, and a review of forestry education documents produced study data. Participants were selected through snowball sampling. Data were analyzed through open and axial coding. Salient themes emerging from this inquiry centered on the dynamic complexity of forestry, field competence, interpersonal skills, and situated learning. Study findings concluded that sustainable forest management required field skills to conduct remote forestry activities and interpersonal skills to negotiate diverse stakeholder interests. Implications for educational practice and recommendations for future research include re-engineering forestry courses to provide situated interpersonal and field-based learning experiences and exploring forestry educator perspectives on integrating situated learning pedagogies to improve the career readiness of new forestry professionals.
Jones, Samantha, "Educating for Sustainable Forestry: Perspectives on the Career Readiness of New Professionals" (2021). Education Doctorate Dissertations. 4.