ERIC Number: ED351501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec-1
Reference Count: N/A
Identification of Emerging Science Competencies in Agriculture. Vocational Education Research.
Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge. School of Vocational Education.
A research project identified new and emerging science concepts that should be taught in high school vocational agriculture. Agricultural scientists on an advisory panel identified the emerging science concepts. The majority were in the areas of plant science and animal science. Animal science was completely reorganized with greater emphasis on breeding systems and reproduction. An instructional unit on anatomy and physiology was added; less emphasis was placed on judging, selection, and animal breeds. Plant science was expanded to include reproduction and genetics. Lessons were added in the areas of plant physiology and classification, fertilizer usage, and nonagronomic careers. Science-related topics such as plant nutrition and environmental factors were given greater emphasis. Topics in soil science remained essentially the same. Changes were made to increase the emphasis placed upon the biological and chemical properties of the soil, soil conservation, soil water, factors affecting productivity of the soil, and quality of soil water. In agricultural mechanics, lessons related to tool fitting were removed, and emphasis was placed on why processes occur or machines work more than the mere facts or steps of occurrence. Entomology was made a separate unit of instruction. (The six-page report is followed by the original lists of competencies and the amended competency lists. The five areas of study in the amended lists and lessons are animal science, plant science, soil science, agricultural mechanics, and entomology.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Louisiana State Dept. of Education, Baton Rouge. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge. School of Vocational Education.