Several guiding philosophies enabled the development of this curriculum. Some of the most important are described below:
- The Three Circle Model of Agricultural Education: most learning occurs in authentic situations that generally do not resemble classrooms (Lave & Wenger, 1991). As such, we suggest that it is critical that students pair classroom instruction with situated community-based learning experiences that are relevant to the lives and futures of students.
- Next Generation Science Standards: teaching for scientific literacy enables all students to be more productive citizens, more capable professionals, and more discerning voters. We suggest that all science instruction should be reflective of three-dimensional learning that pairs core ideas with cross-cutting concepts and scientific practices in a seamless manner.
- The National Ag, Food, and Natural Resources Academic Standards: the AFNR standards reflect both a broad, collaborative approach to ensuring that classroom instruction is reflective of the recommendations of both research and industry while also utilizing a scaffolded structure that guides students from awareness to interaction to mastery of content.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Grant No. DGE-1424871. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation