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ERIC Number: EJ840122
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1042-0541
The Benefits of Teaching and Learning about Agriculture in Elementary and Junior High Schools
Knobloch, Neil A.; Ball, Anna L.; Allen, Crystal
Journal of Agricultural Education, v48 n3 p25-36 2007
The beliefs and mental images that teachers have about agriculture likely influence what and how they integrate agriculture into their instruction. The purpose of this action research study was to explore the beliefs and needs of elementary and junior high school teachers in regard to integrating agriculture into their classrooms. The sample consisted of 452 teachers from public schools in Illinois. Teachers responded to three, open-ended questions regarding their beliefs of the most beneficial aspects and needs of teaching and learning about agriculture. Teachers believed that agriculture provided situatedness, connectedness, and authenticity to teach their content areas to their students. Teachers also shared topics and instructional resources that they wanted to know more about regarding the integration of agriculture. The findings from this study can inform agricultural literacy coordinators and agricultural teacher educators regarding inservice programming for integrating agriculture into classrooms. (Contains 3 tables.)
American Association for Agricultural Education. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois
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