Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

The Evolution of Agricultural Literacy: Impact on the Environment and Student Learning

Dr. David Agnew, Dr Mark McJunkin.

Over the years, as people have moved from the farms much of the knowledge the general public had about the origin of their food, clothing, and shelter has been lost. When the majority of the people lived an agrarian lifestyle, knowledge of agriculture and our environment were apparent. But as we now move out of the industrial age and into the information age even fewer people are aware of the interrelatedness of agriculture the environment with science and the economy. Agriculture is a science that involves math, economics, environmental ethics, and language. Today educators are seeking to give students a basic understanding in agriculture and the environment by integrating theses subjects with science, math, social studies, and economics. The hope of the future for our environment is tied to the youth of today who develop an awareness and respect for the world around them.
The linkage of environment and agriculture with sciences, math and social studies, will most certainly benefit everyone in the future. To facilitate this understanding curriculums have been developed by many public and private agencies. In addition laws have been passed to facilitate the teaching of agricultural and environmental sciences and also many private foundation have been established for this purpose. This presentation tracts the evolution of the "Agricultural Literacy" movement which is designed on one hand to promote awareness of agriculture and the environment and on the other hand to help relate concepts in science, math, and social studies using agricultural and environmental examples.


Dr. David Agnew  (United States)
Associate Professor
College of Agriculture
Arkansas State University

Dr. David Agnew is Associate Professor of Agricultural Education and is Co-director of Arkansas Food Land and People.

Dr Mark McJunkin  (United States)

Arkansas State University

  • Agricultural Literacy
  • Science
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Environmental Education

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)