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. 73, No. 5, March/April

Authentic Assessment: Good or Bad?
Debates concerning what is right and what is wrong with American education are not new. What is new in the current discussion is the emphasis on high standards for ALL students. `Standards-based reform' as it is called, demands a collaborative effort...
Don't Fear the E-Word: Techniques for Evaluation
Moving to a new community recently, one of the decisions my wife and I was faced with was to decide where we wanted to set up housekeeping. Having elementary schoolage children, it was evident that schools played a factor in our decision. We received...
Evaluating Knowledge in Agricultural Mechanics
The educational and industrial representatives which make up the National Agricultural Mechanics Committee includes members from throughout the United States. These members are the responsible for evaluating areas of technical agriculture. The seven...
Evaluation of Student Learning in the 21st Century
Since the early 1980s various education-related reports (e.g. A Nation at Risk, New Directions) have indicated that knowledge acquisition is no longer the primary prerequisite to success in the workplace or higher education. Along with the addition of...
Formative Classroom Assessment: Learner Focused
You've just finished grading the last exam and the results are in. More than one-half of the class did not pass the exam! Why didn't the students have a clear understanding of the material? You taught the material the same way that you always teach and...
From Inkwells to Electronic Learning Communities
A century ago, teachers taught handwriting in elementary schools with the fountain pen, the prescribed writing instrument of the time. Desks had inkwells in the upper right-hand corners. The ballpoint pen was introduced in 1938, however, many students...
Getting the Most out of Power Point
It used to be that there were only two sure things in life - death and taxes. Now there's a third: Power Point-supported presentations. Let's face it. Power Point is a way of life, considering that more than 90 percent of computer-based presentation...
Growning New Technologies
Our world is rapidly changing. In order to prepare our students for the challenges of the twenty-first century workforce, it is necessary for our instructional strategies to change to reflect those advances in technology. Even as communities nationwide...
Integrating Sustainable Agriculture into the Classroom
GENERAL ARTICLE Advocates of sustainable agriculture visualize an agricultural industry that is economically sound, environmentally protective, and socially acceptable. In the past, an agricultural practice was frequently accepted or rejected by asking...
Overcoming Standardized Testing with Authentic Assessment Strategies in the Classroom
As teachers, we ask ourselves "did our students learn anything today". As evaluators, we also ask, "did they learn what we intended for them to learn today", knowing that schooling and learning are often two independently occurring events. Teachers are...
Texas Assessment of Academic Skills
No issue is more controversial in U.S. education than mandatory statewide or nation-wide testing (Fordham Report, 1998). Many people believe it is an essential ingredient of reform while others feel it is a menace and a distraction to quality teaching...
Using Achievement Testing in Agri-Science
Could achievement tests be used to assess student knowledge in technical agriculture subjects? Emphasis on accountability in education has raised the issue of using standardized achievement tests in agricultural education. Achievement testing has been...
Using Standards and Benchmarks to Assess Knowledge
The quest for high quality evaluation and assessment of student knowledge and performance has been repeatedly addressed over the years. Without a clear framework of standards and benchmarks, gaps will persist in curriculum content and the quality of...
What's Gonna Happen to the Class of 2010?
First, I live in a college town. The land-grant university, some light industry, and an active group of downtown merchants make up our community. We also have a Super Wal-Mart, open 24 hours and that says it all. Second, I'm the father of a nine-year-old...