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. 76, No. 2, September/October

A Facilitator Asks, "Do I Know You?"
As a mother of two children who were highly involved in Agricultural Education and FFA in high school, and as an elementary teacher of fifteen years, I believe that we are lifelong teachers and facilitators. The American College Encyclopedic Dictionary...
Are You in the Zone?
The role of the teacher in facilitating learning always seems to generate lots of discussion. The word "facilitator" seems to mean different things to different people. For some teachers "facilitating the learning process" sounds lame. They say it appears...
Did You Enjoy Your Vacation?
G. Victor Beekley (a pseudonym) 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.The...
Enhancing the Teacher's Role as a Facilitator through Action Learning
A growing competitive environment, coupled with significant technological change in recent years, has led to the need for the development of more innovative approaches to teaching and learning in agriculture. These new approaches emphasize learning by...
Facilitation as the Main Form of Instruction: The Case of the Odd Duck
Facilitation is a powerful approach to teaching and learning. When facilitation is the main form of instruction, it creates a different climate from that found in a lecture-based, teacher-centered classroom.We know that most students can learn effectively...
Finding Your Place in a Student-Centered Classroom as a Teacher-Facilitator
Implementing student-centered learning takes work. It's always easier and less time consuming for teachers to lecture. But, in doing so, we are shortchanging our students. We're denying them the opportunity to take charge of their learning and the freedom...
From Agri-Science Teacher to Agriscience Facilitator
Lenny* was by no means an exceptionally gifted student in any of his high school subjects. Sure, he had tremendous skills in the agricultural mechanics laboratory, but even in the classroom portion of agricultural science courses he seemed to struggle....
From Teacher to Facilitator: A New Role for the Teacher
Apathetic students, illiterate graduates, incompetent teachers, impersonal schools - so rolls the drumfire of criticism towards education. More than twenty years of reports have spelled out the problems. States have been quick to respond by holding out...
Improving Student Learning through Facilitation
Delivery, often associated with hot pizza and big brown trucks, is all about getting a product, usually in a box, where it needs to be, on time. Successful delivery requires no knowledge of the contents of the box, just speed and proper directions. Is...
Learning by Doing: Rebuilding New Interests
Learning by doing was John Dewey's philosophy that agricultural educators have embraced for many years. Dewey believed that teachers should act as facilitators or guides, instead of teaching without practical application which detours student learning....
Preparing Students for the 21st Century Workplace through Facilitation
Conduct an Internet search for agricultural careers and you will soon have at your fingertips many corporate and non-profit websites ready to help you navigate through the possibilities for most any type of agricultural career interest. Some of these...
Reality T.V. and Agricultural Education
Survivor...Real World... American Idol...The Bachelor...Star Search...Fame... the list could go on and on! The reality TV craze has hit America! Both the cable and major television networks have created shows to keep viewers entertained and, of course,...
Reflections on Facilitation in Agricultural Education
In the true spirit of facilitation, I reflected on my role as the theme editor of this issue, The Role of the Teacher as a Classroom Facilitator. I used the following question to guide my thinking, What did I learn about how agricultural educators view...
Teaching, Coaching, Mentoring, Facilitating, Motivating, Directing.What Is a Teacher to Do?
We often tell our students that we are not responsible for their learning. Is this correct? What are we responsible for?...teaching, coaching, mentoring, facilitating, motivating, directing? The easy answer is that, it depends.We believe holistic teaching...
Turning the College Learner into a High School Teacher
After six years as an undergraduate and graduate student, and then two years as an instructor at the University of Illinois, I finally entered the world of secondary agricultural education this past year. I knew the change from teaching college level...