NACTA Journal

An academic publication providing coverage and analysis of the agriculture and forestry industries, and teaching. It publishes articles on improving and promoting excellence in college teaching of agriculture and related disciplines.

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 2, June

Collaborative Approach for Teaching Information Literacy in an Introductory Plant Science Course1
AbstractAfter an assessment of student learning outcomes indicated that information literacy (IL) was a weakness in the plant and soil science programs, instructors in the introductory plant science course collaborated with the Washington State University...
Crop Rotations in Organic Farming: A Planning Manual
Crop Rotations in Organic Farming: A Planning Manual By Charles Mohfer and Sue Ellen Johnson, Editors. Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service, NRAES- 17 7, Cooperative Extension, Ithaca, New York. July 2009, paperback, 156 pages, $24.00,...
Factors Influencing the Use of Instructional Materials by Agriculture Teachers among Public and Private Secondary Schools in Botswana
AbstractThis paper examined and compared factors influencing the use of instructional materials (IMs) among agriculture teachers in public and private secondary schools in Gaborone, Botswana. The results show that teachers in public schools were younger...
Factors That Influence Youth Retention in Northwest Ohio
AbstractThis study analyzes the trends and issues related to youth retention in Northwest Ohio. Researchers sampled over 875 graduating seniors from 16 high schools within six counties throughout Northwestern Ohio. Results highlight future career and...
Harnessing America's Wasted Talent: A New Ecology of Learning
Harnessing America's Wasted Talent: A New Ecology off Learning By Peter Smith, Jossey-Bass, A Wiley Imprint, San Francisco, California, hardcover, 179 pages, $40.00, ISBN 978-0-47053807-4Peter Smith's book offers interesting concepts of perceived transformations...
NACTA Reprint
Interpersonal Skill Development InstructionIntroductionAmerican employers in both the private and public sectors are coming to understand the importance of recruiting and hiring those college graduates who work effectively with people. For example, the...
NACTA Yesterday
50 +/- Years ago (Vol V9 Mo 2, 1961)"Only those who no longer are alive make mistakes," someone has said. It is obvious at this point (and most confusing) that the present editor in setting up the numbering system for the publication used very poor judgment...
Note from Editor
NACTA Journal (ISSN 0149-4910) is published quarterly by the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (formerly the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture) . It is directed toward the scholarship of teaching and learning...
Prairie Fire
Prairie Fire By Dan Armstrong, iUniverse, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2007, Paperback, $25.95, 483 pages, ISBN 0-595-43398-7.Can novels be used in courses on production agriculture? In general, our first challenge is to engage students with sometimes complex...
Second Time Is a Charm: The Impact of Correcting Missed Exam Questions on Student Learning
AbstractThis study determined the learning benefit of correcting missed exam questions. The results show that in addition to exams being an assessment tool, they can also be used as a tool for student learning. The availability of this information will...
Student Perceptions of Tablet Computers in a Cooperative Learning Environment
AbstractAgriculture and biology faculty utilized tablet personal computers in eight different classes as part of developing a cooperative learning environment. After using the tablet personal computers to complete cooperative learning exercises, students...
Teaching Tips/Notes
A Taste off TeachingMany undergraduate students in the sciences go on to obtain M.S. and/or Ph.D. degrees, because it is part of their long-term goals (e.g., they want to be a professor or obtain another position requiring a graduate degree) or because...
The Elements of Two-Year Equine Degree Programs in the Mid-Western U.S.: A Delphi Study
AbstractHorses are becoming an increasingly significant sector of the animal industry resulting in an increased need in post-secondary equine degree programs; yet there is little research describing what elements these academic programs should contain....
The Student Success Leader Program: College-Level Service Enhances Learning outside the Classroom
AbstractThe Student Success Leader program focuses on informal education of a select group of agriculture students through service to the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University. The Student Success Leaders...
Why Girls' Education Matters More: A Student Survey in Ho, Ghana
AbstractFifteen students and three faculty members from The Ohio State University-Agricultural Technical Institute (Ohio State-ATI) in collaboration with 10 more students from The Ohio State UniversityColumbus, Kenyon College, and The College of Wooster...