Climate Change in the Classroom: A Survey of Iowa Agricultural Educators
Arbuckle, J. Gordon
This report presents results for questions related to climate change from a survey of Iowa agricultural educators. The survey was conducted at the annual Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators (IAAE) summer conference in Ankeny, Iowa on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. The questions were included in a larger survey that focused primarily on evaluation of integrated pest management (IPM) curricula and materials. One-hundred twenty-five agricultural educators who attended the event completed the survey. Ninety-six percent of those surveyed taught at the middle or high-school level. The questions about climate change were included in the survey to with three objectives in mind. The first was to develop an understanding of agricultural educators’ beliefs about climate change. The second was to learn whether or not they discuss climate change in the classroom. The third was to assess their perceived need for curricula and other classroom materials that focus specifically on climate change and agriculture.