Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Agricultural Diversity: An Integral Part of Agricultural Education

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Agricultural Diversity: An Integral Part of Agricultural Education

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Agricultural Education is diverse. In any program, diversity can be found. According to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary, diversity is "differing from one another: composed of distinct or unlike elements or qualities "(www.m-w.com). Agricultural education programs definitely differ from one another and are composed of distinct or unlike elements. Diversity in agricultural education can be found in many different areas such as from program to program, in differing course/program components, and gender/ethnic make-up of programs. While agricultural education is already diverse, there is a vast need to diversify its' programs further. Agricultural diversity is an integral part of agricultural education programs.

Agricultural Education programs differ from program to program. For example, there are programs that are in urban and rural areas, and single and multi-teacher programs, among others. There are many different types of programs in order to best fit each individual community. Two such programs are Payson High School and John Bowne High School. I have had the opportunity to teach in both programs and have been surprised at the diversity that each program offered. While these programs differ, they are still composed of many aspects that are similar. Both programs focus on providing students with quality agricultural education.

Horticulture, large animal care, plant physiology, biotechnology, animal reproduction, feeds and feeding, and agricultural mechanics represent part of the diversity that can be found in any agricultural education program. Students may be interested in one subject (plants, animals, etc.) more than another, but the breadth and depth of agriculture is explored in agricultural education programs. It should be the goal of programs to increase students' agricultural literacy. In addition to courses that are offered during school, the National FFA Organization provides students with the opportunity to participate in many differing roles.

Agriculture Education, like the United States, is increasingly becoming more ethnically diverse. …

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