DOI: 10.5191/jiaee.2005.12301

Seminal Article Series1

Addressing the Right Issues and Raising the Right Questions in AIAEE

James E. Christiansen
Professor Emeritus TAMU 2116
Texas A&M University College Station, TX 77843


This paper presents the partial development of a theoretical base and related discussion about issues and questions that members of the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education should address if the Association is to impact agricultural education and agricultural development in its broadest sense, both worldwide and within the nations of its respective members. Eleven postulates are presented that relate to the seven specific objectives currently stated for the Association. The postulates constitute a summary for the incomplete theoretical base that was developed. General problems or issues perceived to exist currently in 2005 are described. Questions to be considered for discussion by members and officers of the Association are identified. Five recommendations for action to provide focus and direction for the Association are presented as well as three concluding questions directed to the reader.


Keywords: Issues, Objectives, Problems, Professional Association, Theoretical Base, Vision






1 Acknowledgment: This paper was developed and refereed through special invitation from the JIAEE Editorial Board to initiate its inaugural “Seminal Article Series.” This paper is supported in part through State of Texas funds, and funding from the Department of Agricultural Education, Texas A&M University; it was produced, in part, through the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, College Station, Texas.