Gorilla Agricultural EducationWhat is Agricultural Education?
Agricultural education teaches students about agriculture, food and natural resources. Through these subjects, agricultural educators teach students a wide variety of skills, including science, math, communications, leadership, management and technology.
Agricultural education is delivered through three interconnected components:
- Classroom or laboratory instruction.
- Experiential learning — Learning experiences that usually take place outside of the classroom, supervised by the agriculture instructor. At Davenport High School each student enrolled in an agricultural education course must complete a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project to satisfy this requirement.
- Leadership education — delivered through student organizations such as the National FFA Organization, the National Young Farmer Education Association, National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization and others. At Davenport High School students are encouraged, but not required, to join FFA. Each course also has a leadership unit in order to satisfy this requirement for students that are not members of Davenport's FFA chapter.
Many high school agriculture programs use FFA to enhance the leadership and experiential learning portions of their program. To learn more about FFA and its influence on agricultural education, visit www.ffa.org and waffa.org
Agricultural Education uses a three-circle model of instruction. These are classroom and laboratory instruction, leadership development, and experiential learning. The successful integration of each of these three components results in a strong program that produces well rounded individuals who are prepared to be leaders in agriculture, business, and industry.
Agricultural education first became a part of the public education system in 1917 when the U.S. Congress passed the Smith-Hughes Act. Today, over 800,000 students participate in formal agricultural education instructional programs offered in grades seven through adult throughout the 50 states and three U. S. territories.