American agriculture is an increasingly complex and technologically sophisticated enterprise. Colleges of agriculture have a major responsibility for preparing students for professional careers in this rapidly changing industry (Betts and Newcomb, 1986).
Recognizing this responsibility, the University of Missouri-Columbia, College of Agriculture established the following objectives for resident instruction: "Goals include providing relevant scientific and practical knowledge of the agricultural and food sciences, cultivation of interdisciplinary problem-solving skills, and a capacity to pursue lifelong learning and adaptation to change" (University of Missouri-Columbia, College of Agriculture, 1986). Accomplishment of these objectives would require students to develop and utilize higher level cognitive skills.
cognitive skills, problem-solving skills, life-long learning, adaptation