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. 46, No. 3, September

Academic Counseling for Students within a College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Abstract The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia has developed and implemented a program to improve student retention. In this paper, the Academic Counseling Program is described, including the purpose and...
Applied Animal Ethics
Applied Animal Ethics Leland S. Shapiro, Delmar: Thomson Learning, 2000, 233 pp., Clothbound $43.00 Applied Animal Ethics by Leland Shapiro is a text that attempts to merge the sometimes disparate thinking of animal rights proponents and those concerned...
Campus Landscape: Functions, Forms and Features
Campus Landscape: Functions, Forms and Features by Richard P. Dober, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2000, 259 pp., Hardcover $70.00 In his book Campus Landscapes: Functions, Forms and Features Richard Dober articulates his lifelong interest in campus landscapes...
Conservation Tillage and Cropping Innovation: Constructing the New Culture of Agriculture
Conservation Tillage and Cropping Innovation: Constructing the New Culture of Agriculture by C. Milton Coughnenour and Shankariah Chamala, Iowa State University, 2000, 360 pages, Clothbound $64.95. As stated in the preface by the authors, "this [book]...
Crop and Livestock Technologies for the 21st Century
Crop and Livestock Technologies for the 21st Century edited by Burton C. English, Richard L. White, and Liu-Hsiung Chuang, Iowa State University Press, 2000, 186 pp., Paperback, $34.95. This book summarizes the key results of discussions and reports...
Dwellers on the Land: The Bioregional Vision
Dwellers on the Land: the Bioregional Vision by Kirkpatrick Sale, University of Georgia Press, 2000, 216 pp., Paper, $15.95 From the Greeks we inherit the concept of Gaea, or Gaia, the earth mother that gives rise to life in all its complexities. The...
Factors Influencing Choice of Major in Agriculture
Abstract Student recruitment has a vital role in successful colleges of agriculture, The study investigated factors that influence students1 decision to select a major within available agricultural disciplines. The population was full-time college students...
Financial Management in Agriculture, Sixth Edition
Financial Management in Agriculture, Sixth Edition By Peter J. Barry, Paul N. Ellinger, John A. Hopkin, & C. B. Baker, Interstate Publishers, Inc., 2000, 679 pp., Hardbound 42.95 Most readers will recognize this sixth edition of Financial Management...
Flexibility and Variety in the Use of Case Studies
Abstract The case studies method is a flexible pedagogical technique that can be used effectively in a variety of formats as part of the teaching and learning process. The characteristics, recommended procedures, and advantages of various versions of...
Geographic Information Systems: An Introduction, Second Edition
Geographic Information Systems: An Introduction, Second Edition by Tor Bernhardsen, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1999, 372 pp., Hardbound $59.95. The book begins with the basic concepts, historical development, and common applications of Geographical Information...
Grass for Dairy Cattle
Grass for Dairy Cattle by J. H. Cherney and D.J.R. Cherney (eds). CABI Publishing, 1998, 403 pp., Hardback. $110.00. The editors of this book took on a substantial task when putting this book together. The diversity of production systems, climates, geographies,...
Land-Grant Faculties' Differences in Teaching Skills and Educational Technologies
Abstract Teaching faculty in the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and Education (COE) at Mississippi State University were surveyed to determine their perceived levels of skill and interest in learning more about selected educational...
Landscape Construction
Landscape Construction by David Sauter, Delmar Publishers, 2000, 384 pp., Paperbound. $64.95 Successful landscape construction requires a broad knowledge of building materials, techniques, and skills. Landscape textbooks dealing with outdoor construction...
Machinery Management, 5th Edition
Machinery Management, 5th edition by John C. Siemens and Wendell Bowers, Deere and Company, 1999, 184 pp., Paper $39.95. This book is part of a series called Farm Business Management published and marketed by Deere and Company. This text presents information...
Model to Develop a Synchronous, Inter-Institutional Course Using Distance Technologies
Abstract Developing and teaching a course using distance technologies can be a daunting task. It requires advance planning and the development of new technical skills. It brings the users to the edge of feasibility and creates as many new opportunities...
NACTA Business Meeting Minutes-June 2002
Minutes of NACTA Business meetings held at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, June 21 & 22, 2002. President Danny Terry conducted this session of the business meeting. At this session 82 people were present. The meeting started at 10:20....
NACTA Conference Awards-June 19-22, 2002
Jack Everly Journal Award Bryan L. Garton, University of Missouri Bryan L. Garton is Associate Professor and Chair of Agricultural Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His research focuses on the influence learning styles have on learning...
NACTA Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, June 19-22, 2002
President Danny Terry conducted this session of the Executive Committee meeting from 3:30 to 6:00p.m. Attending: Danny Terry, Jean Gleichsner, Rick Parker, Bob Gough, Foy Mills, Allen Zimmerman, Wayne Banwart, Ron Hanson, Jim McKenna, Leverne Barrett,...
NACTA President
Comments by the President The 2002 NACTA Annual Conference at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was a complete success. We had an excellent attendance and a terrific Conference program with the theme "The Impact of Student Advising: Assessing and Rewarding."...
Secretary Report
Membership records for NACTA are maintained in a Microsoft Excel file. This provides the least expensive and the most flexible recordkeeping system. The records include addresses, e-mail addresses, year paid, membership type, and region. Records can...
Teaching Tips: Electronic Technology in the Classroom: Making Mathematical and Graphical Information Available as PDF Files
Electronic Technology in the Classroom: Making Mathematical and Graphical Information Available as PDF Files David B. Eastwood and Justin G. Gardner Department of Agricultural Economics The University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN 37996-4500 Faculty are...
Teaching Tips: Using In-Class Forums to Facilitate Learning and Critical Thinking in a Senior Soil Science Class
Abstract Agricultural students learn better if they are encouraged to discuss, challenge and apply the subject matter in group discussions. Class forums are held every 4th of 5th lecture period, where groups of students discuss scenarios that are based...
Transgenic Animals in Agriculture
Transgenic Animals in Agriculture by J.D. Murray, G.B. Anderson, A.M. Oberbauer and M.M. McGloughlin (eds.) CABI Publishing, 1999, 290 pp., Hardback $100.00. The purpose of this book was to assemble a comprehensive overview of the development of transgenic...
Treasurer Report
This year all the financial records of NACTA were transferred to QuickBooks (2001) accounting software. A local accounting firm, Reincke & Mayes, provided help in setting up the financial records for NACTA. So that an accurate assessment of NACTA's...
What Is the Influence of Gender, High School Economics and Other Factors on the Learning of Economics?
Abstract This paper investigates the contribution of gender, high school economics classes, and the student's maturity, major and natural ability to the level of economic understanding and learning. The level of economic understanding was measured using...