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Agriculture and the Undergraduate

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This book presents efforts to chart the comprehensive changes needed to meet the challenges of undergraduate professional education in agriculture. The United States needs to invest in the future--in human capital and the scientific knowledge base--to revitalize one of its leading industries, the agricultural, food, and environmental system. That objective can be met by educating all students about agriculture as well as by educating others specifically for careers in agriculture.

Agriculture and the Undergraduate includes perspectives on rewarding excellence in teaching and formulating curricula to reflect cultural diversity, the environment, ecology, agribusiness and business, humanities and the social sciences, and the economic and global contexts of agriculture.


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National Research Council. 1992. Agriculture and the Undergraduate. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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Publication Info

296 pages | 6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-309-04682-4

Table of Contents

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Front Matter i-xii
Overview 1-16
Title Page 17-18
1 Introduction 19-26
Part I: Conference Papers 27-28
2 Rethinking Undergraduate Professional Education for the Twenty-First Century: The University Vantage Point 29-34
3 Rethinking Undergraduate Professional Education for the Twenty-First Century: The Public Policy Vantage Point 35-40
4 The Challenges for Professional Education in Agriculture: A Corporate Vantage Point 41-50
5 The Environmental Curriculum: An Undergraduate Land-Grant Future? 51-54
6 Environment and Ecology: Greening the Curriculum, A Public Policy Perspective 55-59
7 The Inherent Value of the College Core Curriculum 60-67
8 General Education and the New Curriculum 68-74
9 Agriculture: A System, a Science, or a Commodity 75-85
10 Educating a Culturally Diverse Professional Work Force for the Agriculural, Food, and Natural Resource System 86-94
11 Scientific Literacy: The Enemy is Us 95-103
12 The Priority: Undergraduate Professional Education as the Priority 104-108
13 Positioning Undergraduate Professional Education as the Priority 109-112
14 Science, Technology, and the Public 113-120
15 A Challenge, a Charge, and a Commitment 121-122
Part II: Conference Discussions 123-124
16 Teaching and Research: Balance as an Imperative 125-140
17 Rewarding Excellence in Teaching: An Administrative Challenge 141-147
18 Integrating Agriculture into Precollege Education: Opportunities from Kindergarten to Grade 12 148-157
19 Toward Integrative Thinking: A Teaching Challenge 158-164
20 Striving Toward Cultural Diversity 165-172
21 Designing an Environmentally Responsible Undergraduate Curriculum 173-187
22 Breaking Tradiations in Curriculum Design 188-198
23 Changing the Image of Agriculture Through Curriculum Innovation 199-203
24 Teaching Science as Inquiry 204-207
25 Emphasizing the Social Sciences and Humanities 208-221
26 Teaching Agricultural Science as a System 222-236
27 The Social and Ethical Context of Agriculture: Is It There and Can We Teach It? 237-244
28 The Economic Context of Agriculture 245-250
29 The Global Context of Agriculture 251-256
Appendixes 257-258
A: Program Participants 259-278
B: Poster Exhibits 279-280

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