ERIC Number: ED290030
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
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To Tell the Truth: The Impact of the Hatch Act on Secondary Agricultural Education.
Moore, Gary E.
The Hatch Act of 1887 established agricultural experiment stations to conduct agricultural research. It also called for the diffusion of agricultural information to the public. Land-grant university presidents and agricultural professors formalized the establishment of an association to improve communications and coordinate activities in regards to agricultural instruction and experimentation. The Association of American Agricultural Colleges and Experiment Stations parlayed the Hatch Act into an instrument of educational reform through the introduction of agriculture into public schools. In 1889, secondary agricultural education efforts were undertaken in Minnesota and Alabama. Around the turn of the century, the Office of Experiment Stations (OES) started an active campaign in different parts of the country to promote the introduction of agriculture into the secondary and elementary schools. OES served as a clearinghouse of information and resources for secondary instruction in agriculture and later was instrumental in the development of curriculum materials for secondary education, teacher training, and inservice teacher education. In 1915, OES was reorganized into the States Relations Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but it continued to support agricultural education. By 1917 when the Smith-Hughes Act was passed, agricultural education in public schools was past the experimental stage. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teacher Educators in Agriculture (Las Vegas, NV, December 1987).