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Agricultural Education

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About the Agricultural Education Program at WSU

At Washington State University, Agricultural Education research is conducted in a wide array of areas which include practices of preparing secondary high school agriculture teachers, analyzing methods of instruction in both formal and non-formal settings, exploring characteristics of effective educators, the effectiveness of agricultural workshops, and the integration of science into agriculture curriculum. WSU faculty utilize qualitative and quantitative research methods and collaborate with both social and applied scientists.


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JD Baser

I have an interest in developing pre-service teacher capability in lesson planning and teaching agricultural mechanics in secondary schools. This includes developing teaching procedures and techniques that promote a safe and organized shop setting.

My courses include demonstration and use of manual machining skills on a lathe and mill. Grinding, cutting, metal preparation, and blueprint reading are part of the machining and welding applications.  Introductory welding instruction includes shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, gas tungsten arc, and oxy-acetylene welding and cutting. I have a special interest in teaching outdoor power equipment maintenance and repair. This includes relevant hands-on training and problem-solving for college students and agricultural educators during in-service trainings.


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Anna Warner

My research interests focus on the added value of school-based agricultural education programs for student learning and development. I am aiming to collect evidence on how agricultural education programs contribute to the overall educational goals of a school system as well as the learning and development needs of students in order to justify continued investment into these programs. My current research investigates the impact of restorative learning environments used in agricultural education, such as school gardens, greenhouses, and farms, on the stress levels and attention capacity of students.


Tadd Wheeler.

Tadd Wheeler

I specialize in the areas of traditional and precision agriculture. My primary focus is the development of foundational skill that will prepare students for agricultural careers in industry or operating their own business. I teach courses in irrigation practices, electrical power systems, fluid power systems, engine power, and precision agriculture. My research interests are broadly within the areas of precision agriculture, aquaculture, hydroponics, aquaponics, LED plant growth dynamics, and alternative natural energy sources.