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. 5, March/April

Advising a Youth Group or Herding Cattle?
Rising at the first morning light, you set out to gather the cattle. You have collected the needed equipment, hired help, and have planned for any thing that could happen. Each person knows their duties and the cattle drive begins. The herd is well on...
Advising on the Web
"The agricultural education website has become the model in the College of Education to aid our students and faculty in the advising process," was a comment made by Tweed Ross, the Director of Technology for the College of Education. The students in...
Agricultural Education vs. Vocational Agriculture
I have the pleasure this fall semester of teaching college seniors enrolled in Agricultural Education about FFA and teaching agriculture (I'll try not to ruin them). The lesson our first day was about the history of Agricultural Education, and we visited...
Aristotle, the Golden Mean and the FFA
Most people know that Aristotle was a Greek philosopher, but what does this have to do with the FFA? Aristotle developed the philosophical principle known as the "Golden Mean." It would benefit agriculture teachers to examine the Golden Mean and consider...
Assessing Youth Group Opportunities: From Student to Advisor
As a graduate student, I have been presented with several opportunities to advise and assist with the future direction of collegiate organizations. Being a graduate student, I was until recently a student member of many such organizations. I have been...
Connecting Consumers to the Farm: Research Results from Agriculture Day in Los Angeles
Each day urban consumers influence human rights, child labor, environmental sustainability, price, availability, local economies and personal long-term health with their food and fiber purchase and consumption decisions. Most are not aware of the long-term...
Expectations of a Future Agricultural Educator
As I prepare to enter the "real world" following my student teaching in December of 2003, I look ahead to all of the expectations that are being placed on my generation of teachers. These expectations will come from within myself as well as the school...
Food for Thought.What Is Happening to Agricultural Education Enrollment?
What direction is agricultural education enrollment headed? Is enrollment in agricultural education classrooms increasing? Based upon the types of students in our classrooms, are we meeting their needs? Do we, as secondary teachers, encourage and promote...
Fulfilling the Mission of PAS
"PAS-PORT TO YOUR FUTURE", "GATEWAY TO THE FUTURE", "BUILDING DREAMS INTO REALITY", AND "GETTING ON TRACK WITH PAS", are examples of themes used by the National Postsecondary Agricultural Students Organization (PAS). If you look at these themes closely,...
Here by the Owl.Today, Tomorrow and Always
Over the past fifteen years as an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor I have had the opportunity to teach and advise over fifteen hundred students. Some of these students attended a small rural high school with a population of only 92 students, while...
"I'm Not a Traveling Man!"
Promptly at 3:00 p.m. after sixth-period classes had dismissed on a clear and warm spring day in late April, agriculture teacher G. Victor Beekley and five students departed in Beekley's car for a two-hour trip to the state capital city to attend the...
Life in Hell.Or Was It Heaven?
I know. That is an odd title for an article on advising. In my five and a half years of teaching high school agriculture and working with FFA members, I have learned more than I ever thought I would. I remember how idealistic each of my college classmates...
Season of Success.Through Advising
Pick your favorite annual crop or garden vegetable. It could be corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, sugar cane, or even sunflowers. It could also be tomatoes, squash, green peppers, or cucumbers. One could easily relate any one of these crops to the cyclical...
Service Learning for Preservice Agriculture Teachers
The call to service issued by President Bush is not new to our nation. Many previous leaders including President Clinton made appeals for national public service. Further, professionals in education have recognized service-learning as a viable means...
Teaching the Standards of Reasoning
Do these statements sound familiar? If your students were anything like ours, they make statements like these daily without really thinking through their claims. When asked to defend their points of view, their arguments often fall far short of convincing...
The Many Faces of Advising
Serving as an advisor to a youth group is not always seen for what it really is - another form of teaching. When I hear people say that those teachers, instructors or professors who serve as academic advisors or club advisors serve a lesser calling,...