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. 47, No. 4, December

A Cooperative Poultry Research Project to Enhance Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving, and Research Skills
AbstractThree broiler nutrition research studies were designed and implemented over three semesters to evaluate the influence of student-directed research on enhancing critical thinking and problem-solving abilities in undergraduate students in an animal...
A Discussion Format for Improving Critical Thinking on Issues Affecting Nursery Management1
AbstractStudent discussions included in Nursery Management I (Hort 4041) promote intellectual conflict and, hence, improve critical thinking skills. In these discussions students are offered two viewpoints regarding subjects important to the nursery...
A New Strategy for Teaching Plant Propagation by Distance Education
A New Strategy for Teaching Plant Propagation by Distance EducationSandra B. Wilson and Mack ThetfordDepartment of Environmental Horticulture2199 South Rock RoadUniversity of FloridaFort Pierce, FL, 34951Email sbwilson@mail.ifas.ufl.eduTracy A. Irani...
Challenging Agricultural Governor's School Students with Advanced Geographic Computer Tools and Techniques
AbstractIn 2001, a Governor's School of Agriculture was formed to bring 85 students to Virginia Tech for a 28-day residential program involving Agricultural Economics, Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Natural Resources, and Plant and Soil Science....
Changes in Colleges of Agriculture at Land-Grant Institutions1
AbstractSurveys were sent to colleges of agriculture to document changes of mission, departments, and majors from 1997 through 2002, as well as to document respondents' perceptions of competencies, skills, methodologies, and pedagogy in the classroom;...
Evaluating Classroom Strategies to Enhance Performance: Using a Computer-Assisted Program
AbstractThis study examined a cooperative learning strategy to infuse technology into classrooms with economically disadvantaged students defined as individuals who come from a family which the state board identifies as low income on the basis of uniform...
Forages, an Introduction to Grassland Agriculture, 6th Edition, Volume I
Forages, An Introduction to Grassland Agriculture, 6th edition, volume I Edited by Robert F. Barnes, C. Jerry Nelson, Michael Collins, and Kenneth J. Moore, Iowa State Press, 2003, 556 pages, hardcover $79.99In its sixth edition, the popular Forages,...
Future Leaders and New Curricula for Agriculture in the US and Brazil
Future Leaders and New Curricula for Agriculture in the US and BrazilDanny E. TerryDepartment of AgricultureKnoblauch Hall 145Western Illinois UniversityMacomb, Illinois 61455Email: DE-Terry@wiu.eduUlisses Rocha AntuniassiFaculdade de Ciencias AgronomicasDepartmento...
Futures and Options Markets: An Introduction
Futures and Options Markets: An Introduction By Colin A. Carter, Prentice Hall, 2003, 323 pp. Hardback $89.00According to the author, this textbook is designed for an upper level undergraduate class in futures and options markets. The subject matter...
Helping Future Educators Learn to Teach through Horticulture: A Case Study of an Experimental Interdisciplinary Course
AbstractNumerous studies and commissions have called for undergraduate education reform. While many criticize the system, few horticulture or agricultural education faculty have documented attempts at classroom experimentation with the dominant university...
Improving Your Effectiveness as a Teacher
Improving Your Effectiveness as a TeacherBenjamin G. Swan, Jamie Cano, and M. Susie Whittington208 Agricultural Administration BuildingThe Ohio State University2120 Fyffe RoadColumbus, OH 43210Email: swan.342@osu.eduAgriculture professors are charged...
Incorporating Service Learning across the Agricultural, Environmental, Natural, and Life Sciences Curriculum
Incorporating Service Learning Across the Agricultural, Environmental, Natural, and Life Sciences CurriculumMichael D. Woods and Courtney J. StewartANR Education & Communications Systems Department408 Agriculture HallMichigan State UniversityEast...
Incorporation of Service Learning into an Interpersonal Skills for Leadership Course Using the SERVE Model
Incorporation of Service Learning into an Interpersonal Skills for Leadership Course Using the SERVE ModelSusan Fritz, Brent Goertzen, and Lilian GomezDepartment of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication300 Ag HallUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincoln,...
Instrumentation Class Develops Interdisciplinary Skills1
AbstractIn an agronomy and horticulture program, scientists use many tools. Professors with New Mexico State University's Horticulture Department have developed an instrumentation class that introduces students to instrument use and measurement for testing...
Involving Undergraduates in Research and Publishing: A Holistic Approach
AbstractThe purpose of the study was to determine if undergraduate students could develop scenario based science labs for local middle schools, teach the actual labs developed, and use the results of the experience for publication in a targeted journal....
Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Culture, and Use, 2nd Edition
Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Culture, and Use, 2nd Edition By Ferrell M. Birdwell, Delmar, 2003, 610 pp., Hardcover $108.00Ferrell Birdwell has recently released the second edition of his book Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Culture...
Modern Art, Cultural Pluralism and Agriculture Students: The New York City Experience
AbstractAfrican stiltwalkers, subway singers, sailors shopping in Little Italy, rescue workers, shopkeepers with relatives in Mali, and window washers, students re-crossing the George Washington Bridge conclude, "What we will miss most is the friendly...
Plan It, Dig It, Build It; Your Step-by-Step Guide to Landscape Projects
Plan It, Dig It, Build It; Your Step-by-Step Guide to Landscape Projects By David Sauter, 1st edition, Thomson Learning, 2003, 296 pp., Paperback, $22.95Plan It, Dig It, Build It by David Sauter is a good reference guide or textbook for an introductory...
Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues, Ninth Edition
Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues, Ninth Edition Edited by Theodore D. Goldfarb. McGraw-Hill Co., Guilford, Connecticut. Paperback, $23.10. ISBN 0-07-243097-4.Thoughtful university instructors are continuously seeking methods for promoting...
Teaching Tips
Concept MappingConcept mapping, developed by Dr. Novak at Cornell University, has several purposes. It can help generate ideas (brain storming, etc.), design complex structures, communicate complex ideas, supplement learning by integrating new and old...
The Influence of the Initial Ten Weeks of the School Year on Novice Teacher Efficacy in Agricultural Education
AbstractThe beginning experiences of teachers influence how they teach. This study investigated the influence of the initial ten weeks of the school year on novice teacher efficacy in agricultural education. The participants in this causal comparative...
Using University Resources to Improve Writing in the Classroom: A Look at Agricultural Colleges in the Western United States
Using University Resources to Improve Writing in the Classroom: A Look at Agricultural Colleges in the Western United StatesNeal MacDougallAgribusiness DepartmentCalifornia Polytechnic State UniversitySan Luis Obispo, CA 93407Becoming aware of what writing...
Viral Diseases of Cattle,2nd Edition
Viral Diseases of Cattle,2nd Edition By Robert F. Kahrs, Iowa State University Press, 2001, 334 pages, hard cover, $69.99This book is designed for the use of veterinary students, veterinary practitioners, and animal health workers and, to a lesser extent,...
We Took the Lead, So They Could Lead!
We Took the Lead, So They Could Lead!Jeremy Falk and M. Susie Whittington203A Agricultural Administration BuildingThe Ohio State University2120 Fyffe Rd.Columbus, OH 43210Email: whittington.1@osu.eduLeadership development, in its finest hour, occurs...