ERIC Number: ED526968
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: N/A
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, 2007; and No Child Left Behind Act of 2001). The secondary pathway in Horticulture prepares individuals for entry-level employment or continuing education in a wide variety of fields in the horticulture industry. Students enrolled in the program participate in a variety of instructional activities including lectures, discussions, laboratory experiences at the school, and work-based learning activities in the field such as field trips and shadowing experiences. Students also receive supplementary instruction and reinforcement of learning through activities in youth organizations. Topics covered in the 2-year program include plant structure and growth; plant propagation; pest management; floristry; greenhouse crops and management; olericulture; plantscaping; landscape design, installation, and management; and turfgrass management. Student competencies and suggested objectives in the curriculum framework have been correlated to the knowledge and skill statements listed in Career Cluster Resources for Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, as published by the National Association of State Dis of Career and Technical Education. Appended are: (1) Suggested Rubrics and Checklists; (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: Plants (Botany), Field Trips, Learning Activities, Federal Legislation, Competency Based Education, Educational Technology, Horticulture, Vocational Education, Accountability, Mastery Learning, Formative Evaluation, Summative Evaluation, State Standards, Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Check Lists, Scoring Rubrics, Skill Development, Academic Standards, College Entrance Examinations
Research and Curriculum Unit. Mississippi State University, 103 Russell Street, Starkville, MS 39759. Tel: 662-325-2510; Fax: 662-325-3296; e-mail: email@example.com; 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