Academic journal article NACTA Journal

Outdoor Laboratories in Juniper Studies

Academic journal article NACTA Journal

Outdoor Laboratories in Juniper Studies

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"The environment for learning has changed dramatically in colleges of agriculture with an increase in students with a non-farm background and decreased practical experience. This requires instructors to better understand the processes and conditions of learning."1

Another synonym for "non-farm" might be "nonagriculture." Take the example of the introductory horticulture student. It is typical that these individuals, in majority, also do not come from backgrounds directly involved in the horticulture industry. However, the popularity of horticulture programs in secondary education, junior and senior high curricula has created this same disparity in entry level abilities between these students with some horticultural background and those with none as is most apparent between farm and nonfarm background students. Also, it seems apparent that those students with farm backgrounds are more familiar with the culture of plants in general, so in that respect, do have a distinct advantage over the nontraditional farm student. …

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