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. 4, January/February

Changing Pedagogical Paradigms for a New Millennium
Current curriculum development initiatives and educational delivery approaches in schools around the nation have not kept pace with the rate of technological change that the United States has experienced over the past decade (National FFA Organization,...
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Changing the Teacher's Role in Teaching through Problems
The role of the teacher in agricultural education has been known as one who helps students solve problems. However, the nature of problems that agriculture teachers use has been evolving from welldefined, structured problems with concrete solutions to...
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Differentiating Instruction in Agriculture Education
THEME ARTICLE Othe cutting or working angle. And a n January 8, 2002, President George W. Bush signed the most comprehensive education reform act to date entitled "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB). If it was not already the case, this act will considerably...
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Don't Forget to Dance with the One Who Brung You
There is an old cowboy saying that says don't forget to dance with the one who brung you. This homily is good advice for agriculture teachers who are under increasing pressure from all the educational reform initiatives and other external pressures....
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Finding a Map for Non-Formal Agricultural Literacy Activities
Have you heard the expression "if you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there?" We know the importance of having course objectives and lesson plans, but non-formal activities, such as displays and field trips, are often designed...
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Motivating Students by Giving Them a Gap to Fill
The teacher's role as a motivator is more important today than it has ever been because students expect to be motivated in many external ways. It is important for teachers to develop a motivation in their students that is internalized. Teachers would...
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Partnering for Teacher Success
From row width based on the size of the rear end of a horse to hybrids genetically developed for row width... "bumping" calves to ultrasound... wire-guided planters to satellite guided tractors. counting bull progeny to counting boar sperm...planter...
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Re-Examining the Teacher's Role
For as long as I can remember there has been this quiet debate regarding the teaching and learning process. Is it "art"or "science"? Or is it both? I'm not sure agricultural educators have ever come to a definite conclusion to this debate and perhaps...
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Successful Field Trips: A Three-Step Approach
Field trips have long been a major part of the agricultural education curriculum. However, due to increased liability concerns, many administrators balk at requests for field trips. This may also be due in part to the movement toward academic accountability....
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Technology: Out with the Old, in with the New?
Imagine walking through an agriculture shop/laboratory only to find the table saw is missing. The radial arm saw is stacked high with debris and covered with a year's worth of dust. Further investigation on your part finds the arc welders are gone, vanished...
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The Desire to Inquire Will Inspire
Many of us in agricultural education understand that earning a higher degree, though costly, will pay dividends after a long and rewarding career teaching agriculture. However, with the demands of teaching agriculture and advising an FFA chapter, a new...
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The Role of a First Year Teacher
As a first year teacher, I do not claim to know everything. My first few weeks of teaching were extremely challenging and after the adjustment period, I am becoming more comfortable, not only in the classroom but on other excursions related to our profession....
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The Role of the Agricultural Educator in a Culturally Diverse Society
"Ain't what it used to be." Although a bit eccentric, this quote by Yogi Berra serves as a humorous reminder of the many changes in agriculture, in education, and in society in general. The list, below in Figure 1, published by the Institute for the...
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The Role of the Teacher in Agricultural Education
It is an undisputed fact that technological change is proceeding at a rapid rate. Agriculture, food, and natural resources are a part of this ever-changing environment. Does this increasing amount of technological knowledge affect the role of the teacher?...
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"They Can't Do That to Us!"
G. Victor Beekley taught agriculture at 1000-student Country High School, grades 9 to 12. His experiences, recounted in a series of vignettes, describe the challenges and opportunities teachers face as they teach and learn from students. Agriculture...
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