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Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, and Plant Sciences

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Databases & Terms Searched: 

Articles were found by searching multiple databases including Cab Abstracts, ACSESS Digital Library, and Web of Science. Terms used were diversity, gender, inclusion, instruction, pedagogy and teaching in various combinations to identify the articles. 


This summary addresses the literature of inclusive teaching practices and pedagogy in the broad agricultural sciences disciplines, including the fields of crop science, horticulture, and forestry. The aim is to identify articles that describe how instructors and professors apply inclusive teaching practices to improve participation on behalf of all populations.

The articles address several aspects of inclusion.  The most common theme is the inclusion of those with cultural differences (Gilless 2015; Tindell et al. 2016; Wangberg 2006). Wangberg describes experiential learning techniques employed in the classrooms, and Gilless describes necessary guidelines to improve cultural acceptance and inclusion in academia. Improving diversity and inclusion is the primary focus of Talbert and Edwin 2007 who surveyed faculty on their diversity initiatives.

The remaining authors looked at varied aspects of inclusion:

  • Sciarappa and Quinn (2014) focus on techniques of utilizing anonymous clicker technology to increase participation in a diverse group of farmers, agricultural students and Master Gardeners over a course of 26 learning sessions.

In conclusion, although there haven’t been many articles in the agricultural fields addressing inclusive practices, there have been a few spanning a wide range of diverse groups as we’ve seen here. Gaps in the literature appear to be within the specific disciplines, for instance crop science, turfgrass, agronomy, and agricultural economics.

For a list of organizations and conferences recommended by the CANR Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, please visit the following page: https://www.canr.msu.edu/diversity/faculty-staff/

Relevant Journals: 

NACTA Journal



Gilless, J. Keith. 2015. “The Berkeley Summit—Looking to the Future for Forestry Education.” Journal of Forestry 113 (6): 587–91.


Sciarappa, W., and V. Quinn. 2014. “Integrating Digital Response Systems within a Diversity of Agricultural Audiences.” Journal of Extension 52 (1): 1–10.

Wangberg, James K. 2006. “Agriculture: Rooted in Diversity - A Course Model for Infusing Multiculturalism into the Curriculum.” NACTA Journal 50 (2): 22–27.

Smith, Sarah, Seb Prohn, Liz Driscoll, Dean Hesterberg, and Lucy Bradley. 2014. “Preparing Students for a Diverse Future: Using Service-Learning for Career Training in Soil Science Community Outreach.” NACTA Journal 58 (4): 293–301

Talbert, B Allen, and James Edwin. 2007. “Agricultural Education Faculty: Are They Prepared for Diversity ?” NACTA Journal 51 (2): 55–59.

Tindell, Shalyse, Lisa Young, Eric O Rear, Pamala Morris, and West Lafayette. 2016. “Teaching Assistant Perspectives on a Diversity and Social Justice Education Course for Collegiate Agriculture Students.” NACTA Journal 60 (2): 158–66.

Contact Info

Suzanne Teghtmeyer
Agricultural & Plant Sciences Librarian
(517) 884-0894