ERIC Number: ED526959
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: N/A
Science of Agricultural Plants
Murdock, Ashleigh Barbee, Ed.
Research and Curriculum Unit
Secondary vocational-technical education programs in Mississippi are faced with many challenges resulting from sweeping educational reforms at the national and state levels. Schools and teachers are increasingly being held accountable for providing true learning activities to every student in the classroom. This accountability is measured through increased requirements for mastery and attainment of competency as documented through both formative and summative assessments. The courses in this document reflect the statutory requirements as found in Section 37-3-49, Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended (Section 37-3-46). In addition, this curriculum reflects guidelines imposed by federal and state mandates (Laws, 1988, ch. 487, Section 14; Laws, 1991, ch. 423, Section 1; Laws, 1992, ch. 519, Section 4 effective from and after July 1, 1992; Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act IV, 2007; and No Child Left Behind Act of 2001). Science of Agricultural Plants is an advanced level course for the Agricultural and Environmental Science and Technology Program. The course focuses on the development of skills and knowledge related to the production of plants for food, fiber, ornamental, and other purposes. Instruction is provided in the basic principles of plant science as well as cultural practices and the use of technology to efficiently and effectively meet consumer needs. Plant growing structures, plant classification, growth, propagation, culture, pests, harvesting, and marketing are included. The course carries 1 Carnegie unit of credit that may count as an elective credit for high school graduation. Students may also earn an additional 1/2 Carnegie unit by completing a successful supervised agricultural experience program. Appended are: (1) Suggested Rubrics, Checklists, and Activities; (2) 21st Century Skills Standards; (3) MS Academic Standards; (4) ACT College Readiness Standards; (5) Pathway Content Standards; and (6) National Educational Technology Standards for Students. A list of suggested references is provided for each unit.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Agricultural Education, Graduation, Academic Standards, Educational Technology, Technical Education, Competence, Teaching Methods, Vocational Education, Accountability, Mastery Learning, Secondary Education, State Standards, State Legislation, Plants (Botany), Scoring Rubrics, Check Lists, College Entrance Examinations, Course Content, Experiential Learning, Marketing
Research and Curriculum Unit. Mississippi State University, 103 Russell Street, Starkville, MS 39759. Tel: 662-325-2510; Fax: 662-325-3296; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.rcu.msstate.edu
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Technical Education; Mississippi State University, Research and Curriculum Unit
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational Education Act 1984; No Child Left Behind Act 2001