ERIC Number: ED428179
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jun-1
Agriculture and Science Integration: A Pre-service Prescription for Contextual Learning.
Balschweid, Mark A.; Thompson, Gregory W.; Cole, R. L.
A pre-experimental, static-group comparison study explored effects of delivery of an integrated agriculture and science curriculum to six students in the 1996-97 agricultural education Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) cohort at Oregon State University. The control group contained 15 members of the previous 5 cohorts currently teaching secondary agricultural education. The treatment was administered in three phases; after each one, students were interviewed. During the 1996 fall term, students were enrolled in a micro-teaching class in which they did the following: viewed sample agriculture lessons including scientific principles; were taught methods of integration; developed and delivered lessons containing scientific principles within the agricultural context; and viewed and evaluated the lessons. During their 1997 winter term of student teaching, control group members were required to do the following: deliver a science-based lesson; establish contact with a science teacher and observe him or her; and borrow equipment or supplies for use in the agricultural classroom. During the 1997 spring term, the treatment group attended a 1-week job shadowing/team-teaching experience. In December 1997, a survey was completed by 19 members of the 6 cohorts from 1991-97 who were teaching agricultural education. The treatment group initially estimated they would include 74 percent of science content in agricultural education; after student teaching, the mean response was 54 percent. They felt that personality was important to successful collaboration but a common teaching style was not. Both groups rated time as the greatest barrier to integration. (Contains 13 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (New Orleans, LA, December 10-13, 1998).