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. 75, No. 6, May/June

A Non-Rural Teacher's Journey in SAE
As we enter the 21st century, agriculture education teachers are faced with both an opportunity and a challenge to prepare our students for the high tech agriculture that awaits on the horizon. For 75 years, agricultural education teachers and students...
Balancing SAE and the 101 Other Duties of a Teacher
Among the many challenges that new teachers face is balancing the many duties involved in delivering a well-rounded, agriscience and natural resources program to students. Teachers assume many roles including teaching, FFA advisor, curriculum planner,...
Enhancing the Teacher's Role in Facilitating Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs
Contextual teaching and learning using SAEs (Supervised Agricultural Experience) can be challenging. Using collaborative efforts, combining resources of students, teachers, parents, administrators, and other stakeholders to increase student-applied knowledge,...
It Wouldn't Be Fair!
The school year was off to a good start. The 15 students in the 9th grade agriculture course were eager and enthusiastic and well on their way to getting acquainted since they had completed the first eight years of their schooling in six different elementary...
Keeping It Real!
As we prepare today's agricultural students and FFA members for the future we often find that our textbooks and curricula are not in tune with current, real world problems. The agricultural and natural resources sector is changing so rapidly that even...
Middle School SAE: The Teacher's Role
Historically, comprehensive agricultural education programs have consisted of classroom instruction, FFA, and SAE (Phipps & Osborne, 1988). However, the role of these three components, specifically SAE, in a middle school agricultural education program...
Mislearning from Experience: Hooked on a Feeling
Recently, a student returned from a six-week internship reporting that she had "learned a lot". Pressed to define what "a lot" meant to her, she said it was hard to explain, but she "felt" like she "learned a lot". Unfortunately, this conversation was...
Opportunities in Research: SAEs and FFA Agriscience Activities
For a number of years, many educators, including the authors of this article, have been promoting the need for exposure of scientific concepts in agricultural education curricula. In recent years, it seems that many had put this concept to rest until...
Providing Focus: Where Should We Lead Them?
If you took five minutes to list all the roles of an agricultural education teacher, you could easily fill a page. However, one of the more prominent roles of an agricultural education instructor is to "guide students in selecting, planning, and developing...
Refraining SAE: The Tricycle Principle
Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) is one of the true trademarks of every agricultural education program. Without such a component, agricultural education faces the risk of losing its identity and purpose in the secondary school system.There are...
SAE - an Important Part of the Curriculum
The SAE concept is one of the unique characteristics that separates Agricultural Education from other subject areas. We all know that SAE has many purposes and objectives that benefit our students by challenging them to gain new skills and experiences....
Sand Dunes and Dune Buggies: A Directed School Laboratory SAE
The sand stretches on for miles while the glare of the sun reflects off of chrome wheels and roll cages. Red pendants on whip antennas signify the location of another buggy as it makes its way across the dunes of the "Little Sahara" State Park. This...
Technophobists Beware: Online SAE Up-Close
SAE is agricultural education's answer to true contextual and applied learning principles with emphasis on "real world" applications; it is a "lifeline" to knowing the students and parents on an eye-level basis; and it is the greatest personal counseling...
The Sixteen Theorems of SAE
Numerous graduate students in agricultural education have studied Prosser's 16 Theorems. Charles Prosser, an early leader in vocational education and a major architect of the Smith-Hughes Act, developed these theorems. Prosser's 16 Theorems are general...
The Supervision Challenge
"What do you want to do, come to my house and watch TV with me?" Unfortunately, this statement was not taken from a conversation between two buddies trying to plan their weekend. This question was the response by a high school student when a student...
The Supply of Student SAE Programs and Demand of Agricultural Careers
Agricultural educators continue to struggle with the challenge of making Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE) relevant to their students. A growing number of agricultural education students do not have SAE projects, and those students who do are...
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