ERIC Number: ED343999
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec-7
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Science IA (Agriscience). A Science Credit for Agriculture: Integrating Academic and Vocational Education.
Ricketts, Samuel C.
Because college-bound students often had trouble fitting agricultural education courses into their schedules, and because science teachers rejected the idea of giving a science credit for 2 years of agricultural education, a new integrated course was created in Tennessee. It is now called Science IA (Agriscience). It is taught by a teacher with an endorsement in both agricultural education and science, receives the same funding formula as agricultural education and counts toward a major in agricultural education. The course still includes Future Farmers of America (FFA) units in communication skills and application of knowledge. A long list of steps was needed to get the course accepted as a science credit for college entrance in Tennessee; an outline of these steps is provided. The pilot test of the program was a great success the first year, and student test scores were higher than before implementation of the course. Recommendations were made to strengthen the program as a result of the pilot program. Enrollment figures for the 1991-92 school year indicate a continuing interest in the class. The course has become a model for integrating vocational and academic education. (A list of the units of the course is appended to the report.) (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Los Angeles, CA, December 7, 1991).