About the Journal

The NACTA Journal is directed toward the scholarship of teaching and learning and the professional advancement of the teaching of agriculture and related disciplines. The Journal presents manuscripts based on the scholarship of teaching and learning, creative thought, theoretical models, and case studies in which the teaching and learning experience is examined through a theoretical framework and the implications for application are fully explored.   Whether traditional classroom or extension-related, its primary purpose is to strengthen professional competence in college and adult teaching.


NACTA Journal research manuscripts may take various forms including the following:

  • New method or theory: a study presenting a logical, systematic, and coherent explanation of phenomena to explain within boundaries or conditions.
  • Empirical research: a report of quantitative or qualitative data derived from observation or experience to generate knowledge.
  • Case study: an in-depth, multi-dimensional understanding of a complex issue in a real-life context.
  • Proposal for action: a response to dealing with the current teaching and learning environment.
  • Commentary: an in-depth analysis written to draw attention to published work with an emphasis on analysis and interpretation for contemporary issues.
  • Chronicle of profession: a study of past events to interpret the facts, explain the cause, and understand effect on the present.

Teaching tips should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Teaching tips should be 500 to 1000 words and the writing style should be very concise and developed as a "how to" guide.
  • They can include anything that you believe makes teaching more effective such as object lessons, role playing, projects, case studies, technology, and so on. If you are uncertain about your topic, please contact the editorial office.
  • Headings that may be included: 
    • Introduction (why this is important to teaching)
    • Procedure (the how to)
    • Assessment (why you believe this tip works and improves teaching)
  • Each teaching tip should be given a title and author contact information should be listed at the end.
  • Teaching tips are not peer reviewed but are considered by an Associate Editor who will work with the author on any necessary revisions before publication.

NACTA Journal AI Statement

When a generative artificial intelligence (AI) model is used in the drafting of a manuscript for an APA publication, the use of AI must be disclosed in the methods section and cited. AI cannot be named as an author on an APA scholarly publication. When AI is cited in an APA scholarly publication, the author must employ the software citation template, which includes specifying in the methods section how, when, and to what extent AI was used. Authors in APA publications are required to upload the full output of the AI as supplemental material.

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