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. 85, No. 6, May/June

Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Building Rapport and Engagement through Teacher Immediacy
Picture this: It is 6th period Animal Science and you are in the middle of delivering what you think is a high quality, engaging lesson to a group of students. But as you look away from the board and out toward the students, you notice them staring back...
Applied Research Can Guide Your Curriculum through Change
During Super Bowl XLVII the Dodge truck company ran a commercial featuring Paul Harvey describing the role of farmers. He said: "And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, 7 need a caretaker. ' So God made a farmer. God...
Enhancing the Impact of Research for the Improvement of School-Based Programs
This issue highlights knowledge generated through research and translates that knowledge into actions that school-based teachers can take to benefit your practice. As I worked closely with these authors included in this issue, I gave pause to the impact...
I Am an Agricultural Educator by Choice and Not by Chance
The realists will tell you research shows that we can expect to lose between 50 and 80 % of early career teachers (National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, 2003). They will tell you that the teaching profession has a turnover rate that out...
Inspiring Technology Use through Research: iPods(TM) in the Agriculture Classroom
Albert Einstein once said "If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" (Brainy Quote, n.d.). Research is important to everyone. It is the reason why products that we use are created, why items we enjoy remain available...
Learning from the Research
Ary, Jacobs, Sorenson and Walker (2014) outline five sources of knowledge including experience, authority, deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, and the scientific approach. In the first chapter of their book they outline the pros and cons of each...
Preparing Mentor Teachers to Ensure the Future of Effective Agriculture Teachers
When I taught high school agriculture, I never imagined I would go to graduate school full time to pursue a doctoral degree. One of my goals was to get a master's degree and I figured I would accomplish that goal while teaching. When the opportunity...
REAL University Supervised Experiences
Since its inception in public secondary schools in 1917, agricultural education has included some form of experiential education as a teaching strategy" (Talbert, Vaughn, & Croom, 2005, p. 421). The Smith-Hughes Act of 1917 not only mandated experiential...
Teaching Digital Natives: Is There an App for That?
Anyone who has taught over the past ten or more years can testify that students are evolving. These changes are obvious in their attire, the music they listen to, and what they do during their spare time. However, the most prevalent advancements have...
What the Cheeseburger Studies Help Us Understand about Teaching for Agricultural Literacy
Agricultural literacy is one of the hottest topics in agricultural education today. Gone are the days when the profession's focus was on producing only graduates who were narrowly trained in vocational skills. Now agricultural educators are broadening...
Working with Children with Special Needs in 4-H and FFA: Tips for Success
I will never forget the first time I realized how many students in my program had special needs. I had been teaching for weeks in my first teaching position, I was already stressed out and struggling to be successful with lesson planning and meeting...
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