Agriscience encompasses the production agricultural commodities, including food, fiber, wood products, horticultural crops, and other plant and animal products. Also, included are the financing, processing, marketing, and distribution of agricultural products; farm production supply and service industries; health, nutrition, and food consumption; the use and conservation of land and water resources; development and maintenance of outdoor recreational resources; and related economic, sociological, political, environmental, and cultural characteristics of the food and fiber system. Agriscience education is an area within occupational education.
Business Education prepares students for an occupation or further education in business related fields. Business Education is an area within occupational education.
Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS)
Family and consumer sciences, human sciences or home economics, is an academic discipline which combines aspects of consumer science, nutrition, cooking, parenting and human development, interior decoration, textiles, family economics and resource management as well as other related subjects. Family and consumer sciences combines social science, including its emphasis on the well-being of families, individuals, and communities, and natural science with its emphasis on nutrition and textile science.
(Obtained from Wikipedia.org)
Occupational education prepares students for a specific occupation, career field, or advanced readiness to enter a post-secondary institution. Areas include: agricultural, business, child care, construction trades, education, engineering, food service, health care, manufacturing, marketing, protective services, technical support, transportation technology fields, among others.
Technology Education (Tech Ed)
Technology Education is the study of the human-made/designed world. Technology Education provides an opportunity for students to learn about the processes and knowledge related to technology that are needed to solve problems and extend human capabilities. The goal of Technology Education is to advance technological literacy. Technology literacy is the ability to use, manage, understand, and assess technology. (Obtained from the International Technology Education Association, Standards for Technological Literacy, 2000, p. 242)
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