Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Experiential Learning: New Dimensions or Going Nowhere?

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Experiential Learning: New Dimensions or Going Nowhere?

Article excerpt

The Agricultural Education curriculum has changed dramatically in recent years and these changes have had a significant impact on enrollment, especially at the high school level. FFA membership is up and FFA activities are progressing well in most areas because of specific changes. However, there are those in the profession that are convinced that Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) is a weak component of the trifecta. It has fallen and it appears it can't get up. A casual review of the situation in many schools would indicate there is a major problem with experiential learning in general and SAE in particular.

One wonders if all teachers take seriously their responsibility to incorporate experiential learning principles and activities into their educational programs. Some agriculture teachers appear to have given up completely on the ultimate experiential learning tool (SAE) in their programs. Obviously, they need to read this issue of The Magazine. Our authors have not given up on experiential learning. This issue of The Magazine provides the very foundation and argument for experiential learning to be at the heart of all teaching and learning in Agricultural Education. This issue should be "must" reading for all current and future teachers of Agricultural Education.

However, keep in mind that there are major questions regarding our ultimate experiential learning activity. …

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