Project based learning: Integration across agricultural systems technology courses

Michael Pate, F. Richard Beard, Bruce Miller, Rhonda Miller, Royce Hatch, Kelsey Hall

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Abstract

The Agricultural Systems Technology (AST) degree program demonstrates the effectiveness of integrating project-based learning across core courses of the major. Faculty collaboratively integrated PBL activities within six core agricultural systems courses to enhance student laboratory experiences throughout the program. Collaborative efforts between instructors of core course sought to scaffold instruction to assist students in making meaningful connections in order to promote a systems approach to problem solving. The objective of this approach was to facilitate student-driven learning activities and the application of critical thinking in realistic situations. Students select projects that are personally meaningful as they relate to accomplishing course learning objectives. Instructional strategies included demonstrations with models, utilization of student-feedback rubrics, skill acquisition activities, and dialogue to develop students' metacognition. Students solve problems through investigation by organizing their research and applying acquired knowledge to complete a project. Students reported the results of projects to demonstrate conceptual understanding of key objectives within courses. This paper highlights approaches used within the AST program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2015
PublisherAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Pages231-237
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781510810501
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
EventAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2015 - New Orleans, United States
Duration: Jul 26 2015Jul 29 2015

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2015
Volume1

Other

OtherAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2015
CountryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Period7/26/157/29/15

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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Pate, M., Beard, F. R., Miller, B., Miller, R., Hatch, R., & Hall, K. (2015). Project based learning: Integration across agricultural systems technology courses. In American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2015 (pp. 231-237). (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2015; Vol. 1). American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
Pate, Michael ; Beard, F. Richard ; Miller, Bruce ; Miller, Rhonda ; Hatch, Royce ; Hall, Kelsey. / Project based learning : Integration across agricultural systems technology courses. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2015. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2015. pp. 231-237 (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2015).
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Pate, M, Beard, FR, Miller, B, Miller, R, Hatch, R & Hall, K 2015, Project based learning: Integration across agricultural systems technology courses. in American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2015. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2015, vol. 1, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, pp. 231-237, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2015, New Orleans, United States, 7/26/15.

Project based learning : Integration across agricultural systems technology courses. / Pate, Michael; Beard, F. Richard; Miller, Bruce; Miller, Rhonda; Hatch, Royce; Hall, Kelsey.

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2015. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2015. p. 231-237 (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2015; Vol. 1).

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Pate M, Beard FR, Miller B, Miller R, Hatch R, Hall K. Project based learning: Integration across agricultural systems technology courses. In American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2015. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. 2015. p. 231-237. (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2015).