Thursday, January 29, 2015

Reading #5

As you read, consider the following:

  • Describe differences in points of view between the teacher and the students.

  • Discuss how the teacher could change her teaching practices in order to better accommodate the local context.

  • What lessons can you take away from this Peace Corps member's teaching experience?  How can you apply these lessons to Assignment #5 (Design your own agricultural education program)?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Global Education Infographic - Juicy Dragons

Food Security Infographic from the Thunderbirds


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Food Security Infographic - AMM

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USDA ERS - Chart: In the last half decade, food price inflation was greater than overall inflation. (n.d.). Retrieved January 27, 2015, from
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2014 World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics by World Hunger Education Service. (n.d.). Retrieved January 27, 2015, from hunger facts 2002.htm

Friday, January 23, 2015

Readings for January 27

Note: Please note that Reading #3 is now optional.

Reading Questions for Reading(s) #4:

1. What are the MDGs and SDGs?  That is, what do the acronyms stand for and what are they?

2. What are the similarities and differences between MDGs and SDGs?

3. Have the MDGs been achieved?  What progress has been made?

4. What is the rationale for having more SDGs than MDGs?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Reading #2 - Guiding Questions

Questions to ask yourself as you read :

Why is agriculture important for a country to "develop"?

What are the connections between the wages of agricultural workers and workers in other sectors?

What are the two determinants of agricultural growth mentioned in the reading?  Are there others?

Where role do you envision for agricultural education in developing countries?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Introduction: Nur Husna (Graduate Teaching Assistant )

Hello Everyone,

My name is Nur Husna and I am a doctoral student in Workforce Education & Development at the College of Education PSU. I am also part of  PSU Visiting Global Teach Ag! Team.

In 2010 I completed a Master’s Degree in Technical and Vocational Education (agriculture education) from University Putra Malaysia (previously known as Malaysian Agriculture University). Prior coming to Penn State, I worked for the College of Education, Univerisiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) which provides teacher training programs. At UTM I teach agricultural courses such as ornamental horticulture, plant propagation and management, agro-technology and livestock production.

I am very happy to assist Dr. Melanie for a second time facilitating AEE 400: Educational Programs in Agriculture in Developing Countries.

I am very happy to help you through this experience. Let me know if you have any questions!

Instructor Introduction: Dr. Melanie Miller Foster

Hello everyone,

My name is Melanie Miller Foster and I work in the Office of International Programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences. 

My background is in rural sociology and agriscience.  I'm a proud alumna of North Dakota State University and The Ohio State University.  My current work revolves around global learning and global competency development through transformational learning opportunities. 

It's exciting to teach AEE 400: Educational Programs in Agriculture in Developing Countries for a second time in the Krause Innovation Studio.  It is my hope to create a positive and stimulating learning environment that will inspire you to become a global change agent.

Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns or causes for celebration.

This is going to be a great semester!