Traini, H., Haddad, B., Stewart, J., & Velez, J. (2021). Adjusting, appeasing, and rearranging: How agriculture teachers reconcile the demands of the profession. Journal of Agricultural Education, 62(2), 167-184. http://doi.org/10.5032/jae.2021.02167

A teacher shortage continues to plague the SBAE profession. While this shortage has been quantified
and explored from the perspective of individual teachers, little research has taken a systemic approach
to the problem of the SBAE teacher shortage. We posit the teacher shortage problem as inextricably
linked to a convoluted job description and growing list of competencies required to be a successful
agriculture teacher. The teachers in this qualitative study shared their navigation of the process of
reconciliation within their landscapes of practice and regimes of competence. Using hermeneutic
phenomenology, themes of adjusting, rearranging, and appeasing emerged as the key ways in which
SBAE teachers reconciled the competing demands of the profession. We discuss these findings specific
to these participants, but also in terms of implications and recommendations for the broader profession,
administrators, alumni groups, researchers, and teacher educators, noting especially the need for
change at the professional level to reduce the reconciliation load on practicing SBAE teachers.

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