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ERIC Number: ED429799
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
What Is Ag-Ed?
Lindley, Judy
Ag-Ed is an agricultural education project aimed at upper primary students, held in conjunction with the Toowoomba Show (similar to a county fair) in Queensland, Australia. The program achieves its purpose of helping children understand the impact and relevance that agriculture has on their everyday lives through two components, an Ag-Ed day and a teacher resource package. The Ag-Ed day component involves classes in interactive agricultural presentations on the first 2 days of the Toowoomba Show. Teachers from schools up to 250 kilometers away book their classes into 4 agricultural presentations from a list of 20. The 20-minute presentations are organized and conducted by industry representatives, who understand that they are providing an educational experience, not marketing their products. The teacher resource package contains 13 sections of information and activities that supplement the industry presentations. The material is designed for use by teachers in the classroom for lead-up and follow-up sessions. The material is reviewed and critiqued by industry representatives, and exposes students to the full scope of the business of agriculture. Teachers are provided with evaluation sheets so they can critique the package. The package is sent free of charge to 200 schools within a radius of 1.5 hours drive from Toowoomba, but it travels a good bit further as a result of word-of-mouth referrals. Winner of the 1997 Australian Rural Education Award, the program has been tremendously successful at providing an interesting, experiential, interactive curriculum. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia