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. 3, November/December

A Call to Action for Project Food, Land, & People
Project Food, Land do People (FLR(TM)) is a national curriculum project for grades PreK-12. It is an educational program designed by educators for educators. It accomplishes what three other national curriculum projects, Project Wild, Project Wet, and...
From the College Classroom to the High School Classroom: Theory to Practice
The demands on agriculture teachers' time are ever increasing; however, teachers must take the time to embellish their learning strategies as well as their technical knowledge to survive in today's educational system. Four teachers from upstate South...
Gaining High School Achievement in Agriscience
High-stakes testing has emerged as a major molder of practice in schools today. Teachers want their students to make good scores on standardized achievement tests. Students typically want the best scores they can. Working together, teachers and students...
Lessons from the Classroom and Research on Learning: Fostering Communities of Learners
Fostering Communities of Learners (FCL) is "a system of interacting activities that results in a self-consciously active and reflective learning environment" (Brown & Campione, 1994, p. 292). This instructional program, grounded in psychological...
My Agricultural Education Story
MY Agricultural Education story is one told through the eyes of an agricultural education teacher's spouse, though my story does not begin here. I was an active member in my own home chapter, a FFA World AgriScience Study foreign exchange student, a...
Putting Personality Type Theories in the Driver's Seat
THEME ARTICLE When teachers design their curriculum for the first time, what thoughts are going through their minds? What is the driving force behind what is decided? Hedges (1997) suggests four questions in terms of curriculum development: who to teach,...
Recognizing the Complexity of Teaching: Teacher Inquiry as a Vehicle for Learning
The University of Florida Studies of Teaching (Jackson, 1968; Lortie, 1975; Clandinin, 1986) describe teaching as complex work characterized by simultaneity, multidimensionality, and unpredictability. In classrooms, competing goals and multiple tasks...
Teachers Who Think about Their Practice
The best educational researcher, just like the best career counselor, could very well be the classroom teacher of agriculture. What characterizes the teacher as a model for research? Why wouk a teacher want to be an investigator? Stephen Brookfield (1995)...
Teaching Students to Think: PRactical Applications of Bloom's Taxonomy
Bloom's Taxonnmy is a staple of teacher education. We've all been familiarized with Bloom's knowledge, comprehension, application, synthesis, analysis, and evaluation levels. Bloom challenged educators, through this hierarchical classification system...
The Classroom as a Teaching Laboratory
I have had the privilege of sharing ideas about teaching with many current, new, and prospective high school agriculture teachers. They have been prepared through their university teacher preparation programs and have gained knowledge in their subject...
The Final Presentation
Teaching is a much broader challenge than many people think. Even within the ranks of educators there is often the myth that it is a simple process. Teaching, real teaching, requires commitment and dedication, and understanding of the students, the school...
Utilizing the "Elements of Reasoning" to Teach
I remember a student in my high school agricultural education program named Isaac. He was a confident and opinionated young man who never missed a chance to enter an argument or state his opinion. I recall a day when he adamantly argued that he could...
What Could I Share about Teaching and Learning?
From 1989 to 2000, I had the pleasure of observing teaching in nearly 70 college classrooms for well over 600 hours. During that time, as you can imagine, I witnessed teaching that ranged from barely competent to masterful. I always enjoyed the opportunity...
What Is Known about Effective Teaching?
In the United States, research on teaching has produced vast amounts of information. The majority of this research has been conducted using causative factors, such as classroom activities, curriculum initiatives, or methods of instruction. Since the...