"The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind: to train it to the use of its own powers, rather than fill it with the accumulation of others."- Tryon Edwards
As academic faculty and administrators in the agricultural sciences at land-grant universities, we spend considerable time considering the resources available for teaching - our time, credit hours, lab equipment, visual aids, and teaching technique. It is doubtful, however, that we will improve on the use of our resources, that is, improve our teaching, until we consider what we are trying to accomplish using these resources. What is our product? What do we want students to know? This paper suggests some answers to these fundamental questions of educational purpose and discusses implications for a curriculum in the agricultural sciences.
curriculum, agricultural sciences, educational purpose