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Leggette, Holli R.; Witt, Christy; Dooley, Kim E.; Rutherford, Tracy; Murphrey, Theresa Pesl; Doerfert, David; Edgar, Leslie D. – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2012
Experiential learning allows students to connect previous experiences with new ideas. Second Life (SL) is a virtual world that allows students to simulate real-world experiences. SL was utilized as an educational tool in an agricultural risk and crisis communications course. Weekly journal entries pertaining to the SL simulation were analyzed to…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Student Attitudes, Content Analysis, Best Practices
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Sankey, Laura L.; Foster, Daniel D. – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2012
As our economy calls for improved employment skills, educational institutions must provide quality teaching to prepare students for success. Researchers purport that an important factor in determining student learning is the teacher, and that one of the most prominent factors in student achievement is teacher quality. The search for the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Teacher Effectiveness, Awards, Teaching Methods
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Thoron, Andrew C.; Myers, Brian E. – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2012
The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of inquiry-based agriscience instruction on student scientific reasoning. Scientific reasoning is defined as the use of the scientific method, inductive, and deductive reasoning to develop and test hypothesis. Developing scientific reasoning skills can provide learners with a connection to the…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Agriculture, Science Instruction
Easterly, R. G., III; Myers, Brian E. – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2011
Educating students with special needs in school based agricultural education (SBAE) is a problem that should be addressed. While many students in SBAE classes have special needs, contradicting research exists establishing the best method of instruction for students with special needs. Inquiry-based instruction shows some promise, but little is…
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Disabilities, Special Needs Students, Inquiry
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Murphy, Tim H. – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2000
Soil science was taught to 70 students on campus, 7 locally via videotapes and videoconferencing, and 10 at a distance. Findings support literature indicating that, regardless of location or method, distance learning is not a contributing variable in achievement. Student-student and student-instructor interactions influence satisfaction. (Contains…
Descriptors: Course Evaluation, Distance Education, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness