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Methods of Teaching Agriculture
AG TEACH METH
CLASS CODE: AGED 452 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: AGRICULTURAL AND LIFE SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT: AGRICULTURE BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Competence in teaching methods, along with competence in the technical subject matter is essential to be effective as a teacher of agriculture. This course has been designed to assist in the training of future agricultural teachers.
DESCRIPTION: Competence in teaching methods, along with competence in the technical subject matter is essential to be effective as a teacher of agriculture. This course has been designed to assist in the training of future agricultural teachers. What is public education in agriculture like? What are the factors that have been found to influence the effectiveness of teaching and learning? Why should problem solving be a major emphasis in teaching agriculture? How does one decide about what content to teach, and when to teach it, and for how long? How does one plan for effective teaching? What are some good techniques that every teacher of agriculture should have the ability to use? How does a teacher develop an appropriate classroom climate by managing student behavior? Agriculture teachers need to have students apply what is learned; how can learning be applied in the laboratory, in supervised agricultural experience programs, and in the FFA organization? What special provisions are needed in teaching disadvantaged and handicapped students, or in teaching adult students? What techniques are helpful in assessing the extent to which students have learned? These are but a few of the questions that will be examined and tested in order to enable future educators in agriculture to be successful in the teaching and learning process.
TOPICS: * Factors influenceing decisions about teaching.
* Principles of teaching and learning
* Planning the course of study.
* Learning as problem solving.
* Planning for instruction.
* Group teaching techniques.
* Individualized teaching techniques.
* Manageing student behavior.
* Application of Learning: The laboratory.
* Application of Learning: Supervised Agriculture Experience.
* Application of Learning : FFA
* Teaching disadvantaged and handicapped students.
* Teaching adults.
* Evaluation of learning.
OBJECTIVES: * Identify the purposes of public school education in agriculture.
* Identify the clientele being taught - their interest, aspirations, experiences and characteristics.
* Understand the organization and content of the subject matter being taught.
* Understand the psychology of learning - what is known about some basic principles of teaching and learning.
* Understand the knowledge and skill required to be effective in the teaching process.
* Identify principles of teaching and learning that are basic to optimizing learning outcomes (what students learn).
* Implementation of priciples into the classroom, laboratory and SAE experience.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2003