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. 84, No. 2, September/October

CASE: Creating Curiosity through Agriculture
You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives. Clay P. BedfordThe process of teaching relevance to students and the desire to be life-long...
Desire, Direction, and Development. NATAA and NAII
Few in agricultural education would argue the importance of professional development in the improvement of our practice as educators. However, few of us ever get the opportunity to participate in, let alone provide leadership to, a professional development...
Integrating Science Instruction into Pre-Service Teacher Education
In a recent speech to the American Association for Agricultural Education, Dr. Kirby Barrick clarified a recommendation from Understanding Agriculture: New Directions for Education (1988). Dr. Barrick stated, we were not to teach agriculture as a science,...
Preparing Agricultural Educators for Global Competitiveness
Nine billion people on earth by 2050 and less land and fewer resources to feed and clothe the world's population! How will we meet this challenge? According to the last two USDA/Purdue University studies (http://www.ag.purdue.edu/USDA/ employment/Pages/default.aspx)...
Professional Development for Change
Many secondary agriculture instructors anticipate the beginning of summer break with optimism about how to improve themselves for the next school year. Each summer is a time to set goals for improvement in one or more areas of our professional repertoire...
Professional Development: The Bridge from Where We Are to Where We Want to Be
Recently I was reading a book in which the author pointed out that a bridge is something that connects us from where we are to where we want to be. That made a lot of sense to me . . . and it caused me to think of many ways that this concept of a bridge...
The Power of Professional Development
The phrase "first year, worst year" is a common cliché used to define the beginning of one's teaching career. For agricultural educators, not only are we thrown headfirst into the classroom at the beginning of year one, but unlike teachers in other subject...
Unpacking Professional Development
Two important details should not be overlooked when taking a trip. Preparation for the journey is essential to success, but just as important, is to unpack and reflect on the memories. The same can be said about professional development opportunities....
Using Electronic Resources to Expand Professional Development Experiences
As budgets shrink and departmental belts tighten, it is getting harder and harder for some agriculture teachers to convince their administration to send them to off-site professional development sessions. Because of the nature of what agriculture teachers...
Using Industry Connections to Enhance Professional Development for Agriculture Teachers
It is widely recognized that teachers of agriculture - especially new teachers - benefit from professional development opportunities. This is not to say that teachers of agriculture are any less prepared than teachers of any other subject but an acknowledgement...