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. 74, No. 5, March/April

Agricultural Biotechnology Education
Less than 3% of the United States population lives on what is today defined as "farms." The question has been raised, "Why spend time on agricultural education (ag ed) in schools when such a small population would use it?" The answer should be as simple...
Agricultural Science: A Partnership for Learning Enrichment
THEME ARTICLE The Challenge The State College High School Agricultural Science program has seen an increased enrollment over the past three years by 500 percent. There have been several program improvement processes undertaken by the school district...
Agriscience and Technology: The Key to Program Survival and Success
Agriculture teachers are often reluctant to make curriculum changes that increase their workload. However, teachers willing to give the extra effort soon become caught up in the excitement and challenge of making positive things happen for their students....
Biosciences Enliven the Agricultural Education Curriculum
THEME ARTICLE The history of vocational/ agricultural education has seen many changes both in quality and structure of programs. Some of the most recent changes have involved curriculum shifts from the traditional curriculum areas of production agriculture...
Biotechnology Education Web Sites
* Access Excellence - a national educational program to enhance high school biology education. www.gene.com/ae/ * Ag Biosafety - University of Nebraska-Lincoln site on biotechnology and food safety that has an Education Center with lesson plans, curricula,...
Cultivating Agriscience through Service Learning
THEME ARTICLE Scientific Literacy in Agriculture While the concept of scientific literacy has been grounded in agricultural education since its inception, it remains a universal, timeless goal. The American Association for the Advancement of Science...
Debunking the Myths of Science Integration into Agricultural Education
EDITORIAL During a recent review of the research and literature regarding science education and agriculture, it became clear to me that in spite of the emphasis being placed on the "sciences of agriculture", agriculture teachers have not fully integrated...
It's Not Rocket Science. It's Better!
THEME ARTICLE First of all, for those that may discredit my comments because of my current job title, let me reassure you that less than two years ago I was still a valuable member of society... I was a classroom agriculture teacher. Seriously, working...
Making Science Applicable - the Need for a Modern Agricultural Education Curriculum
The philosophy that guides agricultural education instruction appears to have finally completed a full circle. Beginning as an academic subject matter area, agricultural education was vocationalized by the Smith-Hughes Act as a program that was intended...
Meeting the Challenge: Strengthening Agriscience in West Virginia
THEME ARTICLE A quick look at history will show that science has always played an important role in the agricultural education curriculum. Stewart and Getman in their 1927 book, Teaching Agricultural Vocations stated that "the scientific point of view...
Retooling Agricultural Education for the Biotech Century
THEME ARTICLE The agricultural industry and the education of and about agriculture have experienced metamorphic change over the last 100 years. During this time, Carlson (2000) reported the agricultural industry has progressed through a biological revolution...
Science in the Agricultural Education Curriculum
THEME EDITOR COMMENTS The science in agriculture or the agriculture in science? Are we first teachers or agriculturalists? These questions have formed the foundation of more than one heated debate. The impacts from these debates have influenced the length...
The Agriscience Curriculum in the Volunteer State
THEME ARTICLE The Volunteer State of Tennessee is where we began our career in agricultural education. The Tennessee agriculture students and teachers have been blessed with the presence of a specific "agriscience" course that blends biology, chemistry,...
The Role of Science in Agricultural Education: A Student's Perspective
THEME ARTICLE What is the relationship between females and science? Most studies show that there is not a strong relationship. Interest in science among adolescents has declined even though society is increasingly affected by scientific and technological...
Valuable Lessons from Agricultural Education
ATA Essay Contest Winner As the family farm faces decline and urban sprawl becomes more and more of a problem for many areas, it is becoming increasingly common to see less and less focus on and concern about agriculture. As a result, many agriculture...
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