The Agricultural Education Magazine

The Agricultural Education Magazine publishes articles on instruction leadership, supervision, and curriculum development in agricultural education in the United States and other countries.

Articles from Vol. 75, No. 1, July/August

Agricultural Education and the Sense of Community
EDITORIAL During the nearly five years I taught agriculture and biology in a secondary school in Nigeria, West Africa, I had many opportunities to visit the villages and homes of several students. The "feeling of community" became very clear to me in...
An Open Letter to Educators: Service Learning in Education
I am excited about Service Learning (SL) and you should be, too! As agricultural professionals, we should seek out and offer the best learning experiences we can provide. Cooper (1995) urges educators to consider SL as not being a new program, rather...
Career Development Events: An Example of Authentic Learning
Within the FFA, students have many opportunities to extend their classroom knowledge. One opportunity of which students can take advantage is Career Development Events (CDE). From these events, students are able to use their knowledge and gain a further...
Celebrating the Character Building Aspects of Agricultural Education in School and Community
Throughout my career in education, I have observed a large growth in the need for character education across the school curriculum. Agricultural Education is a great vehicle for helping young people realize and develop positive character traits. These...
Community Resources in the Agricultural Education Curriculum
If only there were a Shelburne Farms in every community in the country, then everyone could become agriculturally literate. This 1,400-acre working farm and national historic site in northern Vermont considers agricultural education to be its reason...
Identification Slides? My Students Love Them!
GENERAL ARTICLE Describing a plant or animal is not nearly as effective as having the actual specimen for the student to view. Unfortunately, having the actual specimen is sometimes impractical, if not impossible. Using photos and slides to teach identification...
Inviting Community Ownership of the Local Program
THEME ARTICLE Some of the sweetest sounds a busy agriculture educator can hear are, "How can I help?," or "Tell me what needs to be done!," or "Just let me know if there is anything I can do!." Bringing individuals, agencies and businesses into our educational...
Lessons from a Student Teacher Laptop Program
In agricultural education, teachers are expected to be ever more familiar with the technologies that can be used to enhance learning and teaching. To meet this growing expectation, many teacher education programs in agricultural education are including...
Sharing Our Roots with the Community
On a trip up the coast of California, I learned a valuable lesson about mutual support from the majestic redwood trees thriving in that region of the country. Redwoods are inclusive beings - as they grow they incorporate into their basic structural objects...
The Steps to Effectively Utilizing Community Resources in an Agriscience Program
THEME ARTICLE I was completely out of my comfort zone. I was a small-town ranch kid from West Texas living and teaching in a large consolidated school outside of Lincoln, Nebraska. I was in the same situation that many new teachers find themselves...a...
What Difference Does Community Make in Learning?
Piaget (as cited in Glover & Bruning, 1987, p. 115) suggested that four general factors influence the development of thought among humans: (1) biological maturation, (2) experience with the physical environment, (3) experience with the social environment,...
What Happened to the Ag Trip? Reintroducing Field Trips in the Agricultural Curriculum
As a professional who hesitantly left the fields of agricultural education and youth development to pursue graduate studies, I vowed to build upon my personal experiences, as well as my colleagues' experiences in the field, to enhance the opportunities...