Weeks, K. J., Lawver, R. G., Sorensen, T. J., & Warnick, B. K. (2020). Do teachers have the skills: 21st century skills in the agricultural education classroom? Journal of Agricultural Education, 61(4), 127-142. http://doi.org/10.5032/jae.2020.04127

Research has shown 21st century skills are essential to a student’s success outside of the high
school classroom. The 21st century skills prepare students to enter the workforce or higher
education with the ability to think critically and creatively, collaborate with others, take the
initiative when approached with a task, and use technology to its fullest potential. This study
examined school-based agricultural education teachers’ perceived knowledge, ability, and
importance of implementing 21st century skills into the classroom. Upon identifying teachers
perceived level of importance, knowledge, and ability, results were analyzed to determine the
professional development needs of school-based agricultural education teachers in particular 21st
century skills. Results concluded professional development is needed to further educate and equip
agriculture teachers with specific and applicable strategies to implement Critical Thinking,
Communicating, and Technology Literacy skills into their classrooms.

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