Smalley, S. W., Solomonson, J., & Schramm, K. R. (2020). The role of collaboration throughout the agricultural education student teaching experience. Journal of Agricultural Education, 61(4), 329-342. http://doi.org/10.5032/jae.2020.04329

When educators collaborate to create different products, construct knowledge, and solve problems,
they develop their collegiality and it motivates them to return each year. Vygotsky’s Sociocultural
Theory (1962) aided in the understanding of pre-service teachers’ experiences related to collaboration
during their teacher preparation program. The purpose of this study was to investigate the
collaborative efforts conducted among student teachers hosted in school-based agricultural education
programs. Findings in this study indicated that working with other teachers enhanced pre-service
student teacher’s ability to create activities. Participants believed technology could enhance
collaboration. Collaboration occurred with various audiences throughout the student teaching
semester with participants indicating they primarily worked with their cooperating teacher, other
student teachers, and agriculture teachers. Many regularly collaborated with their former high school
agriculture teacher. The results indicate that teacher preparation programs need to develop
collaborative opportunities throughout the collegiate experience.

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