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. 73, No. 6, May/June

A Business and Industry Model with Application in Agricultural Mechanics
As educators, we want to help students make a smooth transition into the work world. However, what many teachers know of the corporate work world is out-dated and reflects the worst perception of the environment as well as the nature of the work. The...
An Approach to Experiential Learning: A Model That Merits Consideration for the 21st Century
Experiential learning has been an integral part of agricultural education since agriculture became a part of the school system. We often equate the idea of supervised practice only with 1917 and the Smith-Hughes movement. In Minnesota, agricultural education...
A New Breed of Agricultural Educators
Once upon a time, there lived a breed of educators that taught of the land and from the land. This was the breed of early agricultural educators; men and women who used their surroundings and knowledge to develop a curriculum of farming, business, and...
Apprenticeships in Agriculture
Apprenticeships represent one of the oldest approaches for transferring knowledge and/or skills from those having the knowledge and skill to those that don't. Apprenticeships have been used to teach everything from traditional trades to law and medicine....
Diversity Experiences: Leaving Comfort Zones
Today's college graduates will work in a more diverse society than those of previous generations. Growing percentages of our country's population are people of color (Henry, 1990). Many are immigrants whose first language is not English. Those with disabilities...
E-Record Books for Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs: Tools for the 21st Century
Experiential learning has long been an instructional method used to facilitate student learning in agricultural education. Often, these experiences have resulted from the student's Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program (Camp, Fallon, &...
Experiential Education and Career Development Events
Experiential education or "learning by doing" has been a part of vocational agricultural education since before the Smith-Hughes Act of 1917. Teachers in the early 1900s recognized the importance of experiences outside of the formal school classroom....
Experiential Learning, Just Do It!
"Learning by Doing" is one of the main reasons 4-H has been recognized and respected in the field of informal youth education. 4-H members and leaders have traditionally been encouraged to "engage" in their learning experiences. Today they are also being...
Experiential Learning: New Dimensions or Going Nowhere?
The Agricultural Education curriculum has changed dramatically in recent years and these changes have had a significant impact on enrollment, especially at the high school level. FFA membership is up and FFA activities are progressing well in most areas...
Grounding New Dimensions in Experiential Learning
Two students are standing in the lunch line after a class registration announcement. "Hey, Steve! Why don't you take Ag.?" exclaimed Ross. "What do you do in there anyway?" Steve asked. "Oh, you would like it...it's...well, it's hands-on," Ross replied....
Is SAE Meeting the Needs of Today's Students?
Is SAE meeting the needs of today's students? The answer to this often asked question, from my observation is, yes! And no. I know that you are already thinking that this article will not answer the question that I have heard asked since I entered agricultural...
Role of Information Technolgy in Agriculture
Times have certainly changed! I can remember the first computer I ever used- an old Radio Shack computer with a black and white monitor. You had to run programs off of a 5 1/4" floppy disk. By the time I was a senior in high school, I finally progressed...
Technology in Agricultural Education Classrooms: Past, Present and Future
Technology has been used in a variety of ways for many years prior to the invention of the Personal Computer. Early agriculture teachers were considered innovators when they taught their boys about hybrid seed corn, chemical herbicides or artificial...
The Shepard as Instructor: Engaging Students in the Experiential Education Process
Enthusiastic supporters of experiential education might say that learners are so naturally driven by a captivating experience that it just cannot help but create concrete learning. Yet, is creating a dramatic unknown enough to engage tentative participants?...
The "Why" of Experiential Learning
Experiential learning is a real link, as I will try to show, between the classroom and the real world. The concepts of experiential learning emerged from such great minds as John Dewey, Kurt Lewin, and Jean Piaget. L. S. Vygotsky, the noted Russian cognitive...