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Skelton, Peter; Blackburn, J. Joey; Stair, Kristin S.; Levy, Natalie; Dormody, Thomas J. – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2018
Inquiry-based teaching methods have been found to enhance students' abilities to understand the process of scientific inquiry. The purpose of this study was to determine if middle school students taught through an inquiry-based teaching approach consisting of scientific skill development, scientific knowledge, and scientific reasoning were more…
Descriptors: Agriculture, Agricultural Education, Active Learning, Inquiry
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Brandt, Molly; Forbes, Cory; Keshwani, Jenny – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2017
The public is more disconnected from agriculture than ever. Americans are now two to four generations removed from the farm with a majority of Americans having no direct experience in agriculture. As a result, the public lacks the knowledge and appreciation of the food, fuel, and fiber it demands. The National Agricultural Learning Objectives…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Scientific Literacy, Agricultural Education, Evidence Based Practice
Graves, Leila A.; Hughes, Harrison; Balgopal, Meena M. – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2016
School gardens are ideal places for students to ask and answer questions about science. This paper describes a case study of two 3rd grade teachers and two STEM coordinators who were recruited to implement and evaluate a horticultural-based curriculum developed for this study. Informed by the Teacher-Centered Systemic Reform model we conducted a…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Horticulture, Gardening, Elementary School Teachers
Vallera, Farah L.; Bodzin, Alec M. – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2016
Agricultural literacy connects knowledge, skills, and attitudes/beliefs (KSABs) about agriculture to KSABs in environmental education, education for sustainable development, and science education identified in recent reform initiatives. This study conducted a content analysis of 12 current upper-elementary U.S. science textbooks and curriculum…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Agricultural Education, Content Analysis, Textbook Content
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Anderson, Shawn M.; Velez, Jonathan J.; Thompson, Gregory W. – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2014
This study examined the K-12 teachers' conceptions of the agriculture industry prior to enrolling in an agricultural literacy program and how their conceptions changed throughout the program. The study used qualitative methods to analyze the data collected from entrance questionnaires, interviews, and reflective journals. Trustworthiness was…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Mixed Methods Research, Questionnaires
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McElravy, L. J.; Hastings, Lindsay J. – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2014
The transfer of leadership to younger generations is an important factor in agricultural communities and is likely one reason developing leaders is a central mission of many youth organizations, including 4-H and FFA. In adults, researchers have extensively explored the relationship between personality traits and leadership (Judge, Bono, Ilies,…
Descriptors: Leadership Qualities, Personality Traits, Emotional Intelligence, Youth Programs
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Golden, M. Elizabeth; Parr, Brian; Peake, Jason – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2014
Like their students, middle school agricultural education instructors are a unique group with special needs and concerns. However, the needs of middle school teachers and their programs may be misunderstood and overlooked in the professional world when compared to secondary teachers and programs. While middle school programs are still relatively…
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Grade 6
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Shumacher, Stephanie L.; Fuhrman, Nicholas E.; Duncan, Dennis W. – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2012
As a discipline, environmental education (EE) has been criticized for lacking empirical evidence on the behavioral outcomes of its programs. While the behavioral outcomes of EE activities are often associated with the youth learner, teachers are one target audience of EE training programs who have received increasing attention with regards to…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Behavior Change, Private Schools, School Culture
Okiror, John James; Matsiko, Biryabaho Frank; Oonyu, Joseph – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2011
School systems in Africa are short of skills that link well with rural communities, yet arguments to vocationalize curricula remain mixed and school agriculture lacks the supervised practical component. This study, conducted in eight primary (elementary) schools in Uganda, sought to compare the learning achievement of pupils taught using…
Descriptors: Independent Study, Income, Focus Groups, Agricultural Education
Hess, Alexander J.; Trexler, Cary J. – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2011
Modern agriculture poses ecological problems and opportunities, which defy simple democratic reform without an educated citizenry. Developing an educated citizenry can be accomplished by further developing agricultural literacy in elementary education. While benchmarks for agricultural literacy have been produced, relatively little attention has…
Descriptors: Field Trips, Schemata (Cognition), Agriculture, Urban Youth
Hess, Alexander J.; Trexler, Cary J. – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2011
Agricultural literacy of K-12 students is a national priority for both scientific and agricultural education professional organizations. Development of curricula to address this priority has not been informed by research on what K-12 students understand about the agri-food system. While students' knowledge of food and fiber system facts have been…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Agricultural Education, Urban Youth, Semi Structured Interviews
Bellah, Kimberly A.; Dyer, James E. – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2009
The purpose of this study was to describe elementary teachers' attitudes and perceptions toward agriculture and its use as a context for teaching across the grade level content area standards. Further, this study sought to probe more deeply the stages of concern possessed by kindergarten through eighth grade teachers with respect to their use of…
Descriptors: State Standards, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers, Alignment (Education)
Wagler, Sarah; Rusk, Clinton P.; Blomeke, Christine R.; Richert, Brian T.; Latour, Mickey A.; Talbert, B. Allen – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2008
The purpose of this study was to test an educational swine curriculum geared toward fifth grade classrooms to measure the change in students' knowledge about the pork industry, pork as a nutritious protein source, and the value of byproducts derived from pork production. Objectives of this study were to evaluate overall change in students'…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Industry, Curriculum, Grade 5