Journal of Agricultural Education honors Rayfield for outstanding article
By: Norman Martin
John Rayfield, an associate professor in Texas Tech's Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, was recognized last month for his academic scholarship when his research study was selected as the 'Outstanding Journal Article for 2019' by the American Association for Agricultural Education's Journal of Agricultural Education.
The article, titled "STEM Knowledge, Learning Disabilities and Experiential Learning: Influences of Sequencing Instruction" was produced by Rayfield and Kasee Smith, an assistant professor of agricultural education in the University of Idaho's Department of Agricultural and Extension Education. STEM is the common abbreviation for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The study examined the effects of sequencing instruction on STEM knowledge in high school agricultural education courses. The researchers also examined whether or not students with learning disabilities were affected by the sequencing of the instruction or the types of experiential learning used in the high school agricultural education classrooms.
"Being selected as Outstanding Journal Article in the Journal of Agricultural Education is a huge honor," Rayfield said. "It has been a career goal to have my research recognized at this level. To win the award validates years of hard work, dedication and reflection on my research agenda."
The AAAE is considered one of the nation's premier national societies for social science scholarship in food, agriculture and natural resources. Program officials note that its mission is to foster excellence in the discovery and exchange of evidence-based solutions for social science challenges in agriculture and related sciences.
Prior to joining Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources faculty in 2016, Rayfield served as an assistant and associate professor with Texas A&M University's Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications. The Alabama native received his bachelor's degree in agricultural education from Auburn University, and his master's degree in agricultural education from the University of Georgia-Athens. His doctorate in agricultural education is from Texas Tech.
Rayfield's awards include the Southern Region American Association for Agricultural Education's Distinguished Research Award (2016); TAMU Association of Formers Students Distinguished Teaching Award (2015); Southern Region American Association for Agricultural Education's Outstanding Young Agricultural Educator (2013); Honorary American FFA Degree (2013); and Honorary Lifetime Member - Texas Junior Livestock Association (2011).
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0615NM20 / To view the full article, see Smith, K.L. & Rayfield, J. (2019). STEM Knowledge, Learning Disabilities and Experiential Learning: Influences of Sequencing Instruction. Journal of Agricultural Education, 60(2), 222-236. doi: 10.5032/jae.2019.02222
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