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Soc. Sci. 2018, 7(11), 218; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci7110218

Agricultural Education in Today’s School System: An Evaluation of Agricultural and Related Science Courses among High Schools in Alabama, USA

Biological and Environmental Sciences Department, Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL 35762, USA
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Received: 24 August 2018 / Revised: 23 October 2018 / Accepted: 25 October 2018 / Published: 1 November 2018
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Previous studies on global food security have indicated that in order to sustain the global population by the year 2050, a significant increase in food production will be needed. Consequently, it is crucial that today’s students are educated to realize this increasing food demand. One of the problems is that currently too few students seem to be interested in pursuing studies in the fields of agriculture and related sciences. By exploring three research questions, this study assesses the extent to which high school students in each of the 67 counties in the U.S. state of Alabama are being exposed to agricultural-related science courses. For the purposes of this assessment, the high schools were grouped by zones—Northern, Central, Southern and the Black Belt. Relevant high school data, including courses offered, were compiled from Alabama’s Department of Education 2017 directory. Microsoft Excel and SPSS software were used to analyze the data. The findings of this study demonstrated that there are spatial differences in agriculture-related courses offered in high schools in Alabama’s Northern, Central and Southern regions. Future research should further investigate what percentage of high school students actually choose agriculture or related disciplines as their professional career paths after graduating from high school. View Full-Text
Keywords: United State of America Education; Alabama; high School; agricultural sciences; students United State of America Education; Alabama; high School; agricultural sciences; students
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Jean, R.; Christian, C. Agricultural Education in Today’s School System: An Evaluation of Agricultural and Related Science Courses among High Schools in Alabama, USA. Soc. Sci. 2018, 7, 218.

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