Much has been written over the years concerning the appropriate balance of knowledge and practical skills taught in four year college and university agricultural programs. Estimates that more than one-half of the students enrolled in today's agricultural colleges have no experience in agricultural production clearly indicate the need for practical experience as a part of the college program (Berkey, 1981). While the teaching of agricultural principles should provide the necessary foundation for students to move forward, "...the best learning results in an interplay between theory and experience, idea and application, reflection and encounter" (Keeton, 1983, p.2). John Dewey (1969), one of America's greatest educational philosophers, described the relationship between actual experience and education as an "intimate and necessary" one.



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