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. 78, No. 5, March/April

A Comprehensive Education: Making It Real!
Ask any student what he or she wants to do when finished with school and inevitably during the conversation the individual will say that he or she wants a good job in a particular area of interest. Quality career opportunities just don't happen only...
Career Preparation through Communication
All agriculture careers require communication-with customers, supervisors, clients, business partners, community leaders, or the media. During interviews, in position descriptions, and at career fairs, agricultural employers often emphasize the importance...
Careers in Agriculture: Are There Any?
This first sentence of the Agriculture Teacher's Creed struck a chord when contemplating the future careers of agricultural education students. Occupations within agriculture are currently changing at a rapid rate as is the demographic make-up of our...
Cultivating Career Development Experiences
Now more than ever, educators are infusing career development experiences across all levels of education. This is primarily because most individuals lack the essential elements necessary to make the right career decision (Herr et al., 2004). Further,...
Developing the Renaissance Agriculturalist: Preparing Agricultural Students for Careers
Every since the beginning of time, mankind has had a constant need to seek knowledge, and discover the unknown. During no other period was this truer than during the Renaissance period of history. The Renaissance period, meaning "rebirth", which took...
Facilitating a Career Development Process in Agricultural Education
"So, what do you want to be when you grow up?" How many times do you think you've heard this question in your lifetime? Personally, I would estimate that it's probably been several hundred times. I'd also venture to guess that the most frequent response...
Graduate Employability: What Employers Really Want
One of Agricultural Education's most visible outcome is the employability skills of our graduates. Yes, as teachers of agriculture, we have spent sometimes up to four or five years developing each individual student for a career. The measurement of that...
How Do We Teach the Future?
If I had a million dollars, would it make me happy? Ever ask yourself this? Whenever I have a lot of "windshield" time this is my favorite game-but when 1 play, it usually involves winning the lottery so I have more dream money to play with. I usually...
Insights for Recruiting Underrepresented Individuals into Careers in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
I recently received an email from one of my former students at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. The email expressed her gratitude for having the opportunity to participate in a summer research internship sponsored by the college of...
Middle School Career Exploration
Middle school can be the best time to motivate students to learn. Super (1957) stated that "'Adolescence is clearly, a period of exploration. It is a period in which boys and girls explore the society in which they live, the subculture into which they...
ReSolutions for Action: Preparing Students for Careers
The mission of agricultural education is to "prepare and support individuals for careers, build awareness and develop leadership for the food, fiber, and natural resource systems." Agricultural educators must use many different approaches and methods...
Ten Steps to Career Development Education Success: Using Community Resources
It is frustrating when parents, community leaders and other people suggest that there is no future in agriculture. We seem to hear these comments more often from people who may not realize the depth and breadth of the agriculture enterprise. Some educators...