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Texas Tech set to host Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education event

Texas Tech set to host Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education event

During June more than 35 high school instructors from across the nation will be on the Texas Tech campus for a special agricultural science education course. The focus is on providing a high-level educational experience to enhance the rigor and relevance of agriculture, food, and natural resources subject matter, say officials of Tech’s Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, who are hosting the academic event from June 16-26.

“Coursework is structured to enable students to have a variety of experiences that will provide an overview of the field of agricultural science with a foundation in animal science that can continue throughout their high school year,” said Jonathan Ulmer, an assistant professor with Tech’s Department of Agricultural Education and Communications.

In addition, he said, participants will explore hands-on projects and activities to learn the characteristics of animal science, and work on major projects and problems similar to those that animal science specialists face in their careers.

According to program officials, benefits of curriculum implementation are:

  • Integration of FFA, SAE and life knowledge connections
  • Alignment with national content standards
  • Allow students to independently work through hands-on lessons
  • Reduce stress and preparation for daily lessons
  • Shift focus to instruction, rather than lesson planning

The Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education project, or CASE for short, was started by the National Council for Agricultural Education in 2007 to implement a national curriculum for secondary agricultural education that provides a high level of educational experiences to enhance the rigor and relevance of agriculture, food, and natural resources subject matter. Another goal was to provide enhancement of science, mathematics, and English language understanding.

 Written by Norman Martin

CONTACT: Jonathan Ulmer, assistant professor, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-6672 or jon.ulmer@ttu.edu

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