Agriculture's Future

Teaching Agriculture to Non-Agriculture Students

Issue

A constant challenge for the agriculture industry is educating those outside the industry about its impact on society. Many agriculture groups believe the best place to start is with young people.

So What?

Researchers at Iowa State looked at several factors, including the level of agricultural knowledge in rural areas and how agriculture is taught in today’s classrooms.

Impact

Based on this study, it should not be assumed that students who live in rural areas have knowledge of agricultural practices and issues. Also, the study indicated agriculture concepts do not occupy a predominant place within the curriculum. Teachers said when agriculture materials arrive in the mail, they rarely utilize them in their classrooms. A better method is to get teachers to attend workshops where they learn how to incorporate agriculture into their curriculum.

Contact: Wade Miller, Agricultural Education and Studies, (515) 294-0895, wwmiller@iastate.edu

 

Career Exploration and Indecision

Issue

How do young people decide on a career in agriculture? What can be done to help them in the decision-making process?

So What?

A study was conducted on factors influencing the level of career exploration of undergraduate agriculture students, and how exploration impacts the level of certainty they have in their career decision.

Impact

Findings indicated that higher levels of career indecision were associated with lower levels of career exploration. To help undergraduates make better decisions about future careers, they need encouragement to explore a multitude of options.

Contact: Levon Esters, Agricultural Education and Studies, (515) 294-0897, lte@iastate.edu