This qualitative study was designed to record the history of a significant event in agricultural education in Georgia, the 2020 Vision for Agricultural Education in Georgia, which was in response to the Reinventing Agricultural Education for the Year 2020 initiative from the National Council for Agricultural Education in 1996. A steering committee was made up of agricultural educators and industry partners. Eleven themes were identified by the steering committee. The steering committee took the eleven themes and created goals and strategies for the 2020 Vision for Agricultural Education in Georgia. This study was conducted by gaining the perspectives from participants who were involved in the creation of the 2020 Vision for Agricultural Education in Georgia through semi-structured interviews. The first participant was criterion-based, with the remaining ten being from snowball methods. The four themes that emerged from the interviews were leadership, partnerships, curriculum, and recruitment.
From 1998 to 2020, Georgia’s Agricultural Education Program has seen unprecedented growth in quantity and quality of agricultural education students and programs. Much of this success is attributed to the change in culture due to the creation of the 2020 Vision for Agricultural Education in Georgia. While the 2020 Vision for Agricultural Education in Georgia is seen as a success by the research participants, it had no formal reflection process from administration. Due to growth, it is necessary to conduct a future visioning process. Future processes need to utilize measurable goals, have a plan for formal reflection, and occur more frequently than 20 years.
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Agricultural Education, Curriculum, Program Evaluation, 2020 Vision
Dissertation Committee Chair
Kristie B Guffey
Randal H Wilson
Brian A Parr
Pollard, Marcus and Pollard, Marcus Stephen, "A HISTORICAL ANALYSIS OF THE 2020 AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION VISION PLAN AND THE REFORMATION OF AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION IN GEORGIA AS IT INTENDED" (2020). Murray State Theses and Dissertations. 181.