ERIC Number: ED526967
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: N/A
Science of Agricultural Environment
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 Environment" is an advanced level course for the Agricultural and Environmental Science and Technology Program. All students must complete Concepts of Agriscience before being allowed to enroll in the advanced courses of the program. The course focuses on the development of skills and knowledge related to the management, conservation, and responsible use of natural resources and on the protection and enhancement of the environment. Instruction is provided on soil, air, and water conservation and use; waste management; forest management; local and global environmental issues; and environmental stewardship. The course carries 1 Carnegie unit of credit that can count as a science 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, Checklist, 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: Advanced Courses, Water Quality, Sanitation, Agricultural Education, Vocational Education, Secondary Schools, Accountability, Technical Education, Learning Activities, Mastery Learning, Competence, Formative Evaluation, Summative Evaluation, State Legislation, Federal Legislation, Skill Development, Check Lists, School Readiness, College Entrance Examinations, Standards, Educational Technology, Experiential Learning, Ecology, Biology, Soil Science, Conservation (Environment), Forestry, Wildlife, Global Approach
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher 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