Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Making a Difference: Innovation in Agricultural Education

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Making a Difference: Innovation in Agricultural Education

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"There is a crucial distinction to be made between innovation and originality. The second, unlike the first, can never break with what preceded it: to be original, an artist must also belong to the tradition from which he departs. To put it another way, he must violate the expectations of his audience, but he must also, in countless ways, uphold and endorse them." (R. Scruton, b. 1944)

Several issues such as budget cuts, high-stakes testing, block scheduling, integration of academic standards and accountability are influencing and challenging agricultural educators at all levels and require different and innovative means of conduct ing business. Examples of instructional innovation can be found throughout the country; many of which are included in this issue of The Agricultural Education Magazine. In this issue authors showcase interesting and contemporary instructional strategies, educational issues, delivery systems and ideas.

At the core of each article in this issue is evidence that we as agricultural educators are driven to make a difference in the lives of our students regardless of the challenge. This pervasive and deeply rooted belief gives us the strength, ability and creativity to develop, adapt, adopt and critically evaluate instructional strategies, techniques and curricula for our students and programs. …

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