ERIC Number: EJ871933
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Are Teachers Ready to Integrate Science Concepts into Secondary Agriculture Programs?
Scales, Jason; Terry, Robert, Jr.; Torres, Robert M.
Journal of Agricultural Education, v50 n2 p102-113 2009
For the past two decades, the idea of integrating more science concepts into the secondary agriculture curriculum has gained support. The purpose of this study was to assess the confidence and competence of agriculture instructors to teach concepts related to science. The sample was derived from the population of agriculture instructors teaching in secondary schools of a selected Missouri. For this descriptive research, an instrument was developed to assess the instructors' perceived level of competence to teach selected grade level expectations (GLE) for science in grades 9 to 11. A second instrument, obtained from the American Board for Certification in Teacher Excellence, was used to assess the general biological science knowledge of the teachers. Agriculture instructors perceive that they are competent to teach nearly all of the selected concepts associated with the selected GLE. On the other hand, less than 10% of the teachers scored high enough on the examination to indicate proficient knowledge of biological science, raising questions regarding their competence to teach this subject matter. (Contains 4 tables.)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Biological Sciences, Grade 9, Scientific Concepts, Secondary School Curriculum, Grade 10, Grade 11, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Attitudes, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Integrated Curriculum, State Standards
American Association for Agricultural Education. P.O. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site: http://www.aaaeonline.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 9; High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri