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ERIC Number: EJ1215514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1042-0541
Competition as an Instructional Approach in School-Based, Agricultural Education (SBAE): A Historical Review
Jones, Mason C.; Edwards, M. Craig
Journal of Agricultural Education, v60 n1 p109-128 2019
The purpose of this study was to examine and describe the historical role of competition as an instructional approach in School-Based, Agricultural Education (SBAE). Pragmatism was found to be the philosophical underpinning of competition in SBAE, and the influences of William James and John Dewey were described. The growth of new National FFA contests was presaged by seminal legislative acts such as the Smith-Hughes Act of 1917, the Vocational Education Act of 1963, and by educational reforms in the 1980s. We also identified and discussed the challenges associated with using competition as an instructional approach. Based on the profession's longstanding concerns about competition at the expense of instruction, i.e., prizing winning over learning, it was recommended that SBAE's stakeholders continue to examine the educational merits of its competitive activities to revise, alleviate, or add such as may be needed.
American Association for Agricultural Education. P.O. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Smith Hughes Act; Vocational Education Act 1963; Carl D Perkins Vocational Education Act 1984