The Agricultural Education Magazine

The Agricultural Education Magazine publishes articles on instruction leadership, supervision, and curriculum development in agricultural education in the United States and other countries.

Articles from Vol. 77, No. 1, July/August

Agricultural Education = Agricultural Literacy
In early America, settlers were totally dependent upon their food source. If they produced their own food, they knew how to grow it, where to sell it, and how to process and preserve it so that it remained safe for consumption. If they did not produce...
Agricultural Education.EOE?
When I was in my early teens, I began looking over the classified ads in the local newspaper, always hoping that perfect part-time job would be there staring up at me. As I browsed these job openings, most of which I was not qualified for, I became aware...
California's Road to Defining the Purpose of Agricultural Education
There is growing debate about the purpose and future direction of agricultural education in California. The University of California at Davis recently conductd a survey of agriculture teachers, state department of education consultants, and teacher educators...
Do You Believe in the Future of Agricultural Education?
Do we dare say that every one who subscribes to The Agricultural Education Magazine "believes in the future of agriculture" (National FFA Organization, 2004), yet agricultural education's future will be determined as you read this article. Agricultural...
Dumping Grounds
The stories about Mr. Watson 1 are legendary.During the unit of instruction on welding, students in his class welded the tines of the garden tiller to a support post in the agriculture shop. When Mr. Watson tried to take it outside for use by his horticulture...
Food to Me: A Farm-toTAble Program for Middle School Children
With the publication of the National Research Council's report Understanding Agriculture: New Directions for Education1, national, state, and local K-12 initiatives have forged a new vision of agricultural education2. This new vision embraces a mission...
Questioning Our Purpose
"I'm not an answering machine, I'm a questioning machine. If we have all the answers, how come we're in such as mess?" - Douglas Cardinal, architect.It seems that over the past few years professional Agricultural Educators and other interested parties...
The Blind Man, the Elephant, and Agricultural Education
The Purpose of Agricultural EducationIf one were to ask six guidance counselors, principals, or people on the street corner about the purpose of agricultural education, one might get as many answers as the men who felt of the elephant. Even those in...
What Is Our Purpose?
Having never been a student of agricultural education in high school, and upon entering my first high school teaching assignment, I was totally lost. However, in no time at all, I was able to "function" as a first year teacher of agriculture. Granted...
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