In collaboration with colleagues from the College of Natural Resources and Penn State, Dr. Travis Park and Dr. Wendy Warner recently co-authored an article on the importance of meaningful collaboration between agricultural education (AE) and environmental education (EE) frameworks. The article appears in the journal Environmental Education Research.
Agricultural and environmental education: a call for meaningful collaboration in a U.S. context
Blending agricultural education (AE) and environmental education (EE) frameworks is a promising pathway towards the goals of boosting environmental engagement and support for local agricultural systems among broad public audiences. However, thoughtful and intentional collaboration between researchers is needed to facilitate these outcomes. We feel it is important to collapse existing disciplinary walls between AE and EE to effectively reposition both as critical public goods and address inequitable access to environmental and agricultural knowledge among the next generation. In this paper, we outline the historical context for the silos between U.S.-based AE and EE programmatic and research practice. We then present a new collaborative structure for scholars in both fields to work together to build agricultural and environmental literacy in support of environmentally sustainable, economically robust, and socially responsible agroecosystems. Ultimately, we aim to create structures for broader and more collaborative efforts through which to improve agricultural and environmental literacy for new generations of learners.