ERIC Number: ED315652
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
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Keeping Up-to-Date through an Agricultural Science and Technology Periodical.
Frick, Martin; Williams, David L.
Because new developments in agriculture occur daily, periodicals, not textbooks, contain the most up-to-date information available about agricultural topics. Developing lessons from applicable periodicals will facilitate the delivery of a modern agricultural program. The periodicals should view agriculture from a global perspective and focus on science and technology current to agriculture, not just on production agriculture. The periodical should build upon the philosophical principles--experiential learning, problem solving, and decision making--that have been the foundation of vocational agriculture. The periodical that meets that criterion is "Science of Food and Agriculture," published by the Council for Agricultural and Science Technology (CAST) as a resource for classroom use. The comments and suggestions of teachers have shaped the publication into an easy-to-read, ready-to-use resource. Complex subjects have been "boiled down" so that the general public can understand them. The articles focus on subjects adaptable to various classroom situations. Articles are accompanied by related study questions, a learning activity, and/or an experiment. A 1988 workshop at Iowa State University resulted in the development of 15 complete agricultural science lesson plans using articles from "Science of Food and Agriculture" as references. The next issue will be distributed by the National Future Farmers of America to all chapters, state supervisors, state officers, and university agriculture education departments. The publication can be used at both the high school and university levels. (CML)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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