This paper summarizes activities undertaken by teacher-educators from several U.S. Land Grant Universities to introduce active teaching-learning methods and materials into 53 agricultural technical (secondary) schools (ATSs) in Upper Egypt. The goal of the project was to transform the cognitive and psychomotor skills being taught in these schools from knowledge recall and comprehension to practical skill training utilizing problem solving skills combined with critical thinking and decision making. Each of the seven steps taken to implement this pilot project is summarized and discussed. This project is educationally significant because vocational agriculture education programs have been neglected in most developing countries; also, most international donor agencies allocate the majority of their educational resources to strengthening basic education. As a result, this effort to pilot-test and validate how vocational agricultural education programs in these ATSs can be strengthened has considerable educational significance, not only in outlining a methodology for strengthening the remaining 77 ATSs in Egypt, but also in outlining a strategy and approach that could be used to strengthen vocational agricultural education programs in other developing countries. Keywords

Egypt, vocational agriculture, teaching methods, lesson plans, instructional materials


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