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. 83, No. 4, January/February

Agricultural Facilities: Experiential Learning under a Different Roof
The Benefits of Experiential Learning in Agricultural EducationStudents enrolled in today's agriculture classes walk into the classroom with increasingly diverse agricultural backgrounds. Some students are raised in hog barns, sitting on combines, or...
Defining Experiential Learning
Experiential learning - "An experience-based approach to learning in which students experience a direct encounter with the phenomenon under study, reflect on that experience, draw general conclusions, and test their newly acquired knowledge through subsequent...
Experience Programs in Agriscience Education: From Projects to SAEPs and Beyond
IntroductionPrior to the adoption of the National Vocational Education Act (Smith-Hughes) in 1917, students (boys) studying agriculture (farming) in schools were involved in hands-on learning. Rufus Stimson had formulated a new way of teaching agriculture,...
Experiential Learning: Right on Target!
Experiential learning has been the backbone of agricultural education since the initiation of the SmithHughes Act in 1917 (Graham & Birkenholz, 1999). Barrick et al. (1992) stated "agricultural education encompasses taking learning to the 'doing'...
Learning by Doing through SAE: It Isn't as Easy as It Sounds!
Agriculture teachers believe SAE is the one piece of the agricultural education model that differentiates agricultural education from other career and technical education and academic programs (Retallick, 2010). Conceptually, SAE epitomizes experiential...
Not All Learning Experiences Are Created Equal
We have all probably seen the hit game show, Are You Smarter than a 5 th Grader. The creators of the show expect contestants to incorrectly answer questions based on elementary school material, thus avoiding having to payout a one million dollar purse....
Putting It All Together! Capstone Experiences & Projects
Agricultural educators have been characterized as those who teach practical skills and, more importantly, as teachers who make learning "real." They collectively have a knack for aligning pieces of knowledge - they seem to understand better than most...
Reshaping SAE to Provide Experiential Learning in the 1990's
(Originally Published in The Agricultural Education Magazine, May 1990, Volume 62)The past decade has been a time of reform and rethinking. The Communist world began massive restructuring, the Berlin Wall came tumbling down, and people throughout the...
Service Learning: Doing to Learn.Living to Serve
Experiential learning is a somewhat broad term that can include many different methods of teaching. Learning from experience simply makes the most sense and produces great results. Since the time we are born we learn through our environment, other people's...
Should This Rightfully Be Called Education? - the Application of Kolb's Experiential Learning Model in Agricultural Education
In the back corner of the shop, Jared is working intently on his nail box. Jared begins to put the pieces together as Mr. Morrison walks up beside him and asks, "Have you thought about using the clamps to hold the pieces together?" Jared stops, sets...
What Is Experiential Learning?
The answer to this question would probably vary, based on whom you asked. My answer would be "ALL learning is experiential learning." This would also be how eminent experiential learning scholars like John Dewey (1938) and David KoIb (1984) would likely...