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. 74, No. 1, July/August

Agricultural Communications Service Learning
Asking students to give time and energy to their community sounds like a great idea, but when do they have the time? With school, extracurricular activities and work, many students are stretched thin. They don't have the time to invest in their communities....
At Your Service: Service Learning in Your Local FFA Chapter
Community service: as American as Mama's apple pie. The sound of these two words brings out the best part of our jobs that teachers enjoy: helping others to better themselves. Typical activities that spring to mind range from cleaning up roadsides to...
"Character Counts!": A Leadership Service Learning Project
Increased character education is one alternative available to help remedy the mayhem of moral decline in America. Research suggests a correlation between the teaching of character education of youth and its positive ethical results throughout the United...
Editorial: Thinking and Acting Differently - What If?
In their book Learning from the Future, Fahey and Randall point out that learning is not merely generating or acquiring knowledge. True learning puts knowledge to use. True learning challenges the mindset, implies discussion and dialogue, leads to decision-making,...
Intergenerational Service Learning: Bridging the Gap between Two Golden Ages
Many programs in agricultural education and FFA focus on students/ FFA members working with those in the early years of life. These are worthy efforts and the payoff will hopefully result in increased agricultural awareness among young people. However,...
Missing from Our Motto?: "Learning to Reflect"
Last year, I had the opportunity to serve as a theme editor for this magazine. The issue I edited focused on developing agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems conversational literacy among all students in the country. As I think back,...
P.A.L.S. for Life
Partners in Active Learning Support, known as PALS, has been a part of the Maple Valley FFA Chapter in Mapleton, Iowa, for seven years now. The first program in the state to implement PALS, the Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto FFA (MVAO) Chapter noticed an increase...
Service Learning: A Custom Fit
Service learning must fit. It must fit the instructor, the students, and the learning goals of the course. Integration makes the difference in producing a meaningful experience for the students. I have integrated service learning into a college leadership...
Service Learning as Charity/social Advocacy
There is a division of thought in the emerging celebration of service learning within agricultural education programs. According to the article entitled "Partnering for Service or Development" in the September 1999 FFA Advisors Making A Difference newsletter,...
Service Learning: Philosophy to Practice
There has been a quiet revolution in education during the past decade, a revolution where the pioneers of promoting civic education can be found in agricultural education. For almost 75 years, agricultural programs have maintained an active policy of...
Service Learning - through the Eyes of a Student
As an Agricultural Education instructor and FFA Advisor, what are your biggest challenges? Is it time? Is it finding ample quality supervised agricultural experience programs for your students? Is it keeping your curriculum challenging yet interesting?...
Student Pride through Service Learning
"The foundation of any successful Agricultural Education Program is based on three inseparable, equal, and interdependent components that include: classroom instruction, FFA leadership activities, and Supervised Occupational Experience Projects" (California...
Transforming the Classroom into a Learning Lab
Throughout many of the classrooms in America, students are continually being hushed, and quieted. While both classmates and instructors fall prey to the tedious task of keeping students focused on the topic, the service-learning pedagogy goes against...