Kansas State University


Department of Communications and Agricultural Education

Author: Kelly Gurik

Agricultural Education: Researching the Teacher’s Perspective

Story by Mikhayla DeMott, (ACJ)

Undergraduate research is an excellent way to make the most of the college experience. Two agricultural education students have done just that and have taken advantage of this opportunity. Zachary Callaghan, soon-to-be sophomore, and Eric Koehlmoos, an incoming junior, are among several students who have taken part in undergraduate research.

Agriculture Teacher Perceptions of Student Agriscience Research and the Kansas FFA Agriscience Fair, was the title of Koehlmoos’s research project. The purpose was to investigate the perceptions of Kansas agriculture teachers about the agriscience fair and look to find ways to improve the attendance and participation in the fair. His results showed that the participation was low due to a variety of things: lack of experience with the event, poor participation in other science fairs and little collaboration between science and agriscience teachers. These findings are evidence that there are barriers to participating in this event.

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The Association for Communication Excellence takes on New Orleans

Story by Mikhayla DeMott, (ACJ)

Communicators from all over the U.S. attended this year’s Association for Communication Excellence conference. People traveled far and wide ranging from California to North Carolina and from Texas to Iowa, and all came to New Orleans. The conference kicked off on June 13 and came to a close the 16.

As usual, several people from various departments were there representing Kansas State University. The ACJ program sent five people, all presenting research. Dr. Lauri M. Baker, associate professor; Audrey King, instructor; Jeremy D’Angelo, graduate student and Anissa Zagonel and Mikhayla DeMott, both recent graduates. This year Cassie Wandersee, 2016 graduate of the master’s program, was presented with the outstanding thesis award.

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