Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Developing and Promoting a Vision for Agricultural Education

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Developing and Promoting a Vision for Agricultural Education

Article excerpt

Several years ago I remember my teaching partner and I talking about our agricultural program and where we wanted it to go in the future. At that time we did not use the term "vision" but the words "future" and "stability" to describe what we were doing. In a word or two we were shaping our program to serve the students, school, and community for the years to come. This is much like the visioning process we are undertaking today.

As pointed out in all of the articles this month, the visioning process is almost totally reliant on the local educator to initiate and to champion along the way. As you will read, this issue's authors have identified what should be done, what can be done, and what has been done to create a vision and future for Agricultural Education. Many see visioning as a three stage process that includes Learning, Visioning, and Cooperation.

Learning

The learning stage is about understanding existing conditions and includes:

* Question: Where are we now?

* Identifying Concerns and Interests

* Introducing Core Topics

* Examination of cross-cutting issues

* Reaction to informational needs

Visioning

The visioning stage is all about envisioning the future. …

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