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ERIC Number: EJ1192602
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Early Field Experience Course Students' Perceptions of School-Based Agricultural Education Laboratory Environments
Wells, Trent; Smalley, Scott W.; Rank, Bryan D.
Journal of Agricultural Education, v59 n3 p243-257 2018
Laboratory instruction is an important component of school-based agricultural education (SBAE) programs (Phipps, Osborne, Dyer, & Ball, 2008). Early field experience (EFE) coursework can be an important component of agricultural teacher preparation programs (Retallick & Miller, 2007). Through the use of a modified photovoice technique, we sought to identify the perceptions of students (i.e., preservice teachers) enrolled in an EFE course in relation to the laboratory environment component of the SBAE model. Students enrolled in a 40-hour EFE course photographed a laboratory environment at their placement site and completed a 250-word descriptive/reflective summary of the laboratory. Through open coding of the summaries, three prominent themes emerged: (1) project-based learning is widely used for instructional purposes; (2) laboratory environments are set up and arranged in particular fashions based on needs; and (3) laboratory environments are arranged as settings for effective learning. Within the photographs, the agricultural mechanics laboratory was most commonly identified as a laboratory environment. The EFE students identified laboratory environments are not always traditional in their scope, and classrooms can serve as laboratory environments. We recommend photovoice be further used as a tool to explore students' perceptions of the realities of modern SBAE programs.
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Experiential Learning, Photography, Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Laboratories, Student Projects, Teaching Methods, Program Effectiveness
American Association for Agricultural Education. P.O. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site: http://www.aaaeonline.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa