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Hasselquist, Laura; Naughton, Meredith; Kitchel, Tracy – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2019
Strong literacy skills are needed to be successful in the 21st century. All teachers are charged with developing students' literacy skills and abilities. To help better prepare preservice teachers for this task, students at the University of Missouri are required to take a Reading in the Content Area (RICA) course. This intrinsic case study…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Literacy Education, Reading Skills
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Rice, Amber H.; Kitchel, Tracy – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2018
This grounded theory study explored the pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) of experienced agriculture teachers in the plant sciences. The central phenomenon that emerged during data collection and analysis was the influence of beliefs on shaping participants' PCK. This finding guided subsequent collection and analysis that resulted in the…
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Teacher Attitudes, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Grounded Theory
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Rice, Amber H.; Kitchel, Tracy – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2017
The purpose of this grounded theory study was to conceptualize the pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) of experienced agriculture teachers in the plant sciences. The overarching theme that emerged during data collection and analysis was the influence of beliefs on participants' PCK. This finding guided subsequent data collection and analysis that…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Agricultural Education, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Rice, Amber H.; Kitchel, Tracy – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2017
This grounded theory study explored the pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) of experienced agriculture teachers in the plant sciences. The most emergent phenomenon to surface from the data was the influence of beliefs on participants' PCK. This central phenomenon became the cornerstone for the model of what was shaping experienced agriculture…
Descriptors: Experienced Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Agricultural Education, Preservice Teachers
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Hasselquist, Laura; Herndon, Kevin; Kitchel, Tracy – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2017
This study explored first and second year agriculture teachers' job satisfaction and teacher selfefficacy through their perceived levels of school culture support. Prior research indicated one possible contributor to poor teacher retention is a lack of belonging teachers feel to their schools. Data were collected from beginning teachers in three…
Descriptors: School Culture, Beginning Teachers, Agricultural Education, Job Satisfaction
Marx, Adam A.; Simonsen, Jon C.; Kitchel, Tracy – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2016
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between undergraduate student course engagement and several independent variables. Total participants included 300 (N) undergraduate students. Students completed three instruments measuring course engagement, teacher verbal immediacy, and teacher nonverbal immediacy. It was concluded that…
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Undergraduate Students, Learner Engagement, Teacher Student Relationship
Rice, Amber H.; Kitchel, Tracy – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2016
The purpose of this grounded theory qualitative study was to explore how beginning agriculture teachers break down content knowledge for student understanding. The overarching theme that emerged during data collection and analysis was beginning teachers' self-perceived content knowledge deficiency in various subjects within agriculture. This…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Agricultural Education, Credibility, Grounded Theory
Tummons, John; Kitchel, Tracy; Garton, Bryan L. – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2016
Educational leaders have widely implemented mentoring and induction programs to support beginning teachers as they enter the profession. A variety of contextual factors within the mentoring dyad and program may impact the mentoring relationship and subsequent support received by the beginning teacher. The purpose of this study was to describe the…
Descriptors: Mentors, Agricultural Education, Beginning Teachers, Congruence (Psychology)
Rice, Amber H.; Kitchel, Tracy – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2016
This study explored experiences of beginning agriculture teachers' approaches to teaching content. The research question guiding the study was: how does agriculture teachers' knowledge of content and students influence their process of breaking down content knowledge for teaching? The researchers employed a grounded theory approach in which five…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Agricultural Education, Prior Learning, Interviews
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Rice, Amber H.; Kitchel, Tracy – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2015
This study explored the experiences of preservice agriculture teachers in content knowledge preparation for pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) development. The researchers employed a phenomenological approach in which six preservice teachers were interviewed the semester prior to student teaching. The researchers found there was general…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Agricultural Education, Teaching Experience, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Martin, Michael J.; Kitchel, Tracy – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2015
Advising an urban FFA chapter can be a challenge for urban agriculture teachers. The contextual differences between the rural-oriented FFA and urban FFA members can make bridging the gap difficult. This narrative study sought to explore how the urban context shapes the work of an FFA chapter from the perspectives of two FFA advisors at the same…
Descriptors: Faculty Advisers, Urban Culture, Narration, Student Organizations
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Rice, Amber H.; Kitchel, Tracy – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2015
The purpose of this study was to describe the agriculture knowledge bases for teaching of agriculture teachers and to see if a relationship existed between years of teaching experience, sources of knowledge, and development of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), using quantitative methods. A model of PCK from mathematics was utilized as a…
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Mathematics Education, Models
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Martin, Michael J.; Kitchel, Tracy – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2015
Urban FFA members face unique challenges if they want to become active members in the National FFA Organization. FFA leaders have realized that the FFA organization does not represent the evolving demographics of America and have made efforts to cater to urban and diverse high school audiences with some success. This study seeks to explore this…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Conferences (Gatherings), Student Diversity, Student Attitudes
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Thieman, Erica B.; Marx, Adam A.; Kitchel, Tracy – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2014
Agricultural educators hold a position that bears much responsibility to many different stakeholders and is accompanied by many forms of stressors, making a high level of resilience particularly essential to this group (Anderson, Kitchel, & Thieman, 2012; Croom, 2003; Straquadine, 1990; Torres, Lambert, & Lawver, 2009; Walker, Garton,…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Resilience (Psychology), Agricultural Education, Phenomenology
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Martin, Michael J.; Kitchel, Tracy – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2014
Urban youth engaged in after-school organizations have more positive attributes compared to their unengaged contemporaries. The FFA is one particular intra-curricular organization with after-school components; yet, urban students do not participate in FFA at the same levels as rural students. The purpose of this descriptive study was to explore…
Descriptors: National Organizations, Barriers, Student Participation, Agricultural Education
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