Impacts of Authentic Research Experiences for Teachers (ARET) on Agricultural Education
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Teachers in K-12 classrooms now have more tools to help them educate students about the impact agriculture has in everyday lives. Great Plains Grazing will present a free webinar on Dec. 20 to introduce educators and others to the program, Authentic Research Experiences for Teachers.
In K-12 education, agricultural studies are generally restricted to traditional programs such as 4-H and FFA, and are often absent in urban settings. As a result, students may lack a fundamental understanding of the impact of agriculture on their lives. However, moving agriculture into general K-12 curriculum requires knowledgeable science educators. Teachers have not traditionally received professional development in agricultural studies; therefore, many lack the experience and knowledge necessary to effectively add the content into their classrooms. In addition, recent changes in research-based science instruction mean teachers need access to ongoing professional development around new practices.
Providing teachers with resources and developing their self-efficacy and capacity for agricultural sciences and modern science instruction will ultimately help students learn about agriculture in social and scientific contexts. Authentic Research Experiences for Teachers (ARET) offer a rich professional development opportunity to target teachers’ content knowledge and practice. ARET has been a successful model for training Oklahoma middle and high school science teachers to incorporate agricultural science into research-based lessons and experiences for their students.
Heather Shaffery, will present a free webinar, “Impacts of Authentic Research Experience for Teachers (ARET) on Agricultural Education” at 1:00 p.m. (CST) on Thursday, Dec. 20. Webinar participants will learn about the goals and outcomes of the ARET model for training K-12 educators in agricultural science.
Shaffery is a research associate and science content specialist for the K20 Center for Community and Educational Renewal at University of Oklahoma. Her primary focus is connecting K-12 teachers with practicing scientists through professional development. She is a former middle school science teacher and currently teaches undergraduate classes on inquiry-based science instruction for pre-service teachers. Heather earned a master ‘s degree in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Pittsburgh and is a science education doctoral candidate at University of Oklahoma.
This webinar is part of a regular series hosted by Great Plains Grazing, a U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agriculture and Food Research Initiative-Coordinated Agricultural Project (USDA-AFRI-CAP) grant. The webinars aim to provide research-based information, and are targeted for producers and extension agents. Previous webinars are archived and available for viewing on the Great Plains Grazing website: http://www.greatplainsgrazing.org.
Interested individuals can register for the free webinar at: http://bit.ly/GPGK12AgEd.