TitleCultivating cultural competence in agricultural education through community-based service-learning
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsWoods, M.D.
JournalJournal of Agricultural Education
KeywordsAgriculture and Forestry

Woods calls attention to the rapid change accompanying the 21st century regarding agricultural practices, education, and cultural diversity.  The accelerated developments demand an agricultural education system that is representative of the current conditions in order to equip students with the skills necessary to function in a multicultural discipline.  The author suggests that the best way to accomplish the task of inclusive education and increase of cultural competence in agriculture is through the practice of community-based service-learning.  Research indicates that service-learning is a successful learning method that can aid in advancing the attitudes, policies and practices organized around cultural competencies.