ERIC Number: ED286030
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Vocational Agriculture: A Unique Program That Should Be Retained. A Position Paper.
National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education.
Vocational agricultural education is unique and serves a valuable role in secondary schools--a role that general education cannot fill. The program does so by providing a variety of experience-based opportunities that address all three domains of learning. Vocational agriculture is a broad-based cluster program focusing on the industry of agriculture. It serves students with a wide range of backgrounds, interests, and capabilities. The program incorporates many academic and science skills with the goal of increasing individual productivity. Extended-day and extended-year educational activities complement a program sequenced to build on previous instruction. This community-based program is further complemented by available adult and postsecondary instruction in agriculture. Vocational agriculture strives to provide specific knowledge and skills in the context of the industry of agriculture with the goal of providing a bridge between the classroom and an agricultural career. Half of the paper is in the form of a discussion of nine unique characteristics of vocational agriculture. Each characteristic is described and a justification for its retention is provided. (Author/YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education.