Campus Units

Agricultural Education and Studies

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2019

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Agricultural Education

Volume

60

Issue

2

First Page

99

Last Page

108

DOI

10.5032/jae.2019.02099

Abstract

School-based agriculture teachers (SBAE) hold many roles inside and outside of the school. Identifying and understanding the many roles an agriculture teacher may have in their career is an important part of an early field experience (EFE). In this study, EFE students (n = 18) submitted written reflections focused on the role of an agriculture teacher. Open coding of the preservice teacher reflections revealed five themes including work-life balance, public relations, role of an FFA advisor, student success, and school responsibilities. Codes within these five themes indicate a student-centered approach among agriculture teachers. Additionally, EFE students described many school responsibilities outside of the agriculture program that may contribute to a work-life imbalance among agriculture teachers. It is recommended that teacher education programs have current practicing teachers be engaged as part of the preparation process for pre-service students to learn about agriculture teacher roles. Consideration needs to be taken when selecting EFE sites to ensure students are receiving a quality experience, which reinforces the teacher preparation program objectives.

Comments

This article is published as Smalley, S. W., & Rank, B. D. (2019). Preservice Teacher Perceptions of the Role of an Agriculture Teacher during Their Early Field Experience. Journal of Agricultural Education, 60(2), 99-108. doi: 10.5032/jae.2019.02099. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

American Association for Agricultural Education

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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