Campus Units

Agricultural Education and Studies

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2017

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Agricultural Education

Volume

58

Issue

2

First Page

143

Last Page

165

DOI

10.5032/jae.2017.02143

Abstract

Faculty in agricultural teacher education programs are responsible for preparing future teachers to lead effective school-based agricultural education programs. However, agriculture teachers are having difficulty implementing supervised agricultural experience (SAE), even though they value it conceptually as a program component. In an effort to improve SAE instruction in teacher education, the American Association for Agricultural Education has adopted a guiding philosophy and competencies for teacher preparation in SAE. Using these documents, the purpose of this national descriptive study was to identify where and to what extent SAE instruction was included within agricultural teacher education curriculum and describe the level of SAE instruction occurring in agricultural teacher education programs in the United States. Findings of this study indicate that there was a broad range in the level of instruction occurring for each of these competencies among teacher education programs. These results provide a snapshot of one-moment-in-time and serve as a starting point for a conversation about how supervised agricultural experience should be taught in agricultural teacher education. It is recommended that supervised agricultural experience competencies be taught using inquiry-based or problem-solving methods guided by the experiential learning process.

Comments

This article is published as Rank, B. D.* & Retallick, M. S. (2017). Supervised Agricultural Experiences instruction in agricultural teacher education: A national descriptive study. Journal of Agricultural Education, 58(2), 143-165. doi: 10.5032/jae.2017.02143. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

American Association for Agricultural Education

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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