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International Agriculture Case Studies for Enhancement of Undergraduate Competency in Cultural Adaptability

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  2007 ASAE Annual Meeting  078015.(doi:10.13031/2013.23411)
Authors:   Amy L Kaleita, Steven Mickelson , Brian Steward, Thomas Brumm
Keywords:   Global awareness, engineering design, international education

With the advent of globalization, employers of post-secondary agriculture graduates require that those graduates have cultural adaptability (CA) competency. However, in spite of the wealth of international resources available to students at land-grant universities, many students do not gain CA competency before they graduate. Therefore, a need exists to integrate international content into undergraduate agricultural curricula that will increase the CA competency of graduates. The overall goal of this project is to develop an educational model for enhancing the cultural adaptability competence of agriculture undergraduates through the use of case studies based on actual international agriculture problems, using experiences from faculty involved in international projects. In this phase of the project, we developed three prototype case studies for implementation into on-campus courses, each with a different implementation strategy.

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With the advent of globalization, employers of post-secondary agriculture graduates require that those graduates have cultural adaptability (CA) competency. However, in spite of the wealth of international resources available to students at land-grant universities, many students do not gain CA competency before they graduate. Therefore, a need exists to integrate international content into undergraduate agricultural curricula that will increase the CA competency of graduates. The overall goal of this project is to develop an educational model for enhancing the cultural adaptability competence of agriculture undergraduates through the use of case studies based on actual international agriculture problems, using experiences from faculty involved in international projects. In this phase of the project, we developed three prototype case studies for implementation into on-campus courses, each with a different implementation strategy.

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