ERIC Number: ED415443
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug-4
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The Effects of an Agricultural Literacy Treatment on Participating K-12 Teachers and Their Curricula.
Balschweid, Mark A.; Thompson, Greg W.; Cole, R. L.
A study determined if 52 responding participants (of 81) in the Summer Agriculture Institute (SAI) used the agricultural information in their curricula. The Department of Agriculture Education and General Agriculture, Oregon State University, and the Oregon Farm Bureau established SAI to give nonagricultural K-12 teachers an overview of agriculture and its impact on society in a week-long, 60-hour course that required completion of a lesson plan that integrated agriculture into a lesson they currently taught. An instrument collected data on teacher perceptions of student interest in learning about agriculture, participants' use of the agricultural literacy materials, and demographic information about respondents. Participants integrated agriculture into their existing lesson plans, with some using the information to a high degree. Teacher perceptions of content, structure, and usability of SAI presentations and materials were positive. Teachers perceived students as being most interested in animals, crops, and food processing. Teachers felt the greatest barriers to implementing agriculture into existing lessons were the time necessary for curricula changes and access to necessary supplies, materials, and information. In general, they perceived SAI to be well planned, appropriate to their level of understanding, and adaptable to the grade level they teach. Research was recommended into teacher motivation for enrolling and identification of materials to provide to teachers. (Contains 17 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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