Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Teaching , Learning & Education

First Advisor

Peter Troy White


The purpose of this paper is to describe teachers’ perceptions of experiential learning and its effects on student learning, understanding, and engagement through agriculture education's three-circle model. This paper explores teachers’ perceptions of the value and importance of experiential learning in agriculture education instruction, FFA, and supervised agricultural experience. Further, I explore experiential learning, constructivism, and hands-on learning as the foundational instructional practices used in agricultural education. Agricultural education teachers from southwest Minnesota were surveyed to determine how they are using experiential learning in their agriculture education programs, including classroom instruction, FFA, and supervised agricultural experiences.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Agriculture teachers -- Minnesota -- Attitudes.
Agriculture -- Study and teaching (Secondary)
Agricultural education.
Experiential learning.



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University


Rights Statement

In Copyright