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ERIC Number: ED281035
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Sep-26
Reference Count: N/A
Identification of Math and Science Concepts, Skills, and Experiences Provided in Vocational Agriculture in Texas.
Briers, Gary E.; And Others
A project was conducted to determine if the instructional materials for production agriculture classes taught in the public schools in Texas contained information that was relevant to the essential elements of mathematics and science at the secondary level. The project was carried out through a number of steps including (1) reviewing the state Basic Curriculum Guide for Production Agriculture and related materials to identify the materials relevant to mathematics and science; (2) developing a matrix (table) of opportunities for students in vocational agriculture (Basic Curriculum) to develop concepts and skills (essential elements) in mathematics and science; (3) developing a specific list of the essential elements relating to secondary-level mathematics; (4) conducting workshops for vocational agriculture teachers to ensure use of the project product (the skills matrix); and (5) ensuring the use of the matrix and the list with special populations. The skills were identified through a jury of experts and a questionnaire sent to the teachers and students from a random sample of 300 vocational agriculture programs. From the information gathered, a brief table was developed on vocational-agricultural student materials contributing to student learning of the basics. The main part of this report consists of appendix 1, which provides the matrices of science and math essential elements by topic in vocational agriculture. Numeric codes for the essential elements are taken from Chapter 75 of the Texas Education Code (1984). Appendix 2 provides a list of the mathematics and sciences courses, with abbreviations used in appendix 1. Appendix 3 provides a six-page list of vocational agriculture topics for both instructor and student materials, with numeric codes, arranged by course title. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Dept. of Occupational Education and Technology.
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Dept. of Agricultural Education.
Identifiers - Location: Texas