Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

What Does the Future of Agricultural Education Look Like?

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

What Does the Future of Agricultural Education Look Like?

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I remember first learning about Understanding Agriculture: New Directions for Education (aka "The Green Book") while I was in graduate school at Texas Tech University. The section that resonated with me the most was the call to educate people in and about agriculture. That question came up on my comprehensive exams and I hope I answered it in an intelligent manner. (I passed the exam so I must have done a decent job.)

In addition to Understanding Agriculture: New Directions for Education, another important document from the National Research Council was published in 2009 titled, Transforming Agricultural Education for a Changing World. This publication focused on improving undergraduate education in agriculture. Similar to "The Green Book," this publication was the result of a large committee of dedicated professionals tasked with considering, "what an undergraduate education in agriculture should comprise to prepare a flexible and well-prepared workforce" (National Research Council, 2009, p. xii). This publication is critical to those of us at the university level, but the secondary agriculture teachers serve a crucial role in preparing students for their undergraduate career.

Both of these documents helped to educate me on how I can prepare my students to tackle the challenges facing the agricultural industry. Understanding Agriculture is just over 30 years old and Transforming Agricultural Education is 10 years old. I wonder what new challenges have arisen since the time of these two publication dates. …

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