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Neil A Knobloch

Youth Development and Agricultural Education 

  • Associate Professor – Extension Education
765.494.8439
765.496.1152
Agricultural Administration Building Room 225
615 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053

Faculty Profile
Dr. Knobloch is the Chair of the PK-12 Council for the College of Agriculture and he provides leadership for the Life Science Education Initiative in youth development and outreach education. The purpose of his research is to improve science literacy through informal life science education and motivate Indiana youth to pursue careers in the life sciences. Dr. Knobloch collaborates with youth educators, outreach coordinators, and professors to implement learner-centered teaching strategies and study the effectiveness of experiential learning programs in nonformal educational contexts (environmental, plant, animal, food, and nutritional sciences).

Education
PhD, Human & Community Resource Development, Ohio State University, 2002
MS, Agricultural Education, Iowa State University, 1997
BS, Agricultural & Extension Education, Iowa State University, 1992


Department Responsibilities
Chair, Graduate Program
Coordinator, Life Science Education Signature Area
Director, Learner-Centered Teaching Project


Courses Taught
YDAE 591 Strategies for Youth Educators
YDAE 591 Research Design for Social Scientists
YDAE 591 Plant Breeding Education and Outreach
YDAE 591 Plant Breeding Research for K-12 Outreach
YDAE 644 Graduate Seminar


Professional Service
Chair, PK-12 Council, College of Agriculture, Purdue University, 2011-present
Co-chair, Association of Career and Technical Education Research Task Force, 2010-11
Evaluation Specialist, National 4-H Science Leadership Academy, 2010
Research Conference Chair, American Association of Agricultural Educators, 2009-10
Research Conference Chair, Association of Career and Technical Education Research, 2007-08
Co-Chair, American Education Research Association Division C New Faculty Mentoring Program, 2006-07


Research Interests
Motivation; personal epistemology; experiential learning; learner-centered teaching; science literacy

Grants & Projects
Project Director, Enhancing Science Capacity in Introductory Animal, Plant, and Food Sciences Courses. USDA NIFA Higher Education Challenge Grant. 2010-13

Co-Project Director, Training STEAM Educators to Teach Applied and Advanced Topics in Animal Genetics. USDA NIFA Secondary and Postsecondary Education Higher Education Challenge Grant. 2010-12

Co-Project Director, Partnership for Research and Education in Plant Breeding and Genetics and Purdue University. USDA NIFA Agricultural and Food Research Initiative Grant. 2010-13

Co-Project Director, Web-based Learning Modules to Enhance Science Learning in Agriscience Classrooms. USDA CSREES Secondary and Postsecondary Education Higher Education Challenge Grant. 2009-11

Project Director, Enhancing STEAM Learning and Career Development through Life Science Education Contexts. United States Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service Hatch Project. 2008-12

Co-Project Director, A Collaborative Land-Grant Model for Integrating Learner-Centered Instruction in 1890 Food and Agricultural Science Classrooms. United States Department of Agriculture 1890 Institution Teaching and Research Capacity-Building Grant. 2007-12

External Evaluator, Linking Watershed Research and GK-12 Education within an Ecosystem Context. National Science Foundation Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) Grant. 2007-12

Awards & Honors

(2013) Distinguished Research Award. North Central American Association of Agricultural Educators.

(2013) Outstanding Research Poster Presentation Award. American Association of Agricultural Educators.

(2012) Graduate Advisor of Outstanding Graduate Thesis. American Association of Agricultural Educators.

(2012) Inducted Member. Epsilon Sigma Phi Professional Society for Extension.

(2012) Outstanding 2nd Runner-up Poster Presentation Award. North Central American Association of Agricultural Educators.

(2012) Outstanding Graduate Educator. Youth Development and Agricultural Education.

(2011) Advisor of Outstanding Thesis Award. Youth Development and Agricultural Education, Purdue University.

(2011) Outstanding Graduate Educator. Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education, Purdue University.

(2011) Who's Who for Executives and Professionals. Strathmore.

(2010) Outstanding Poster Presentation Award. Omicron Tau Theta Honorary Society in Career-Technical Education.

Selected Publications

Bodden, K. R., Esters, L. T., & Knobloch, N. A. (2014). Exploring Diversified Mentoring Relationships in STEM Fields. 7th Annual Mentoring Conference.

Brown, B. R., Knobloch, N. A., & Esters, L. T. (in press). Experiences of 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Students Participating in a Graduate School Recruitment at a Research University. American Education Research Conference Proceedings. Retrieved from http://www.aera.net

Jones, A. J., Knobloch, N. A., Orvis, K. S., & Esters, L. T. (2014). Motivational factors related to youth performance in an out-of-school, competitive horticulture career development event.. In Badanie rozwoju zawodowego, edukacji technicznej i kariery w Stanach Zjednoczonych Ameryki (Polish book: Models of development of career and technical education in the United States of America). (Vol. 1, pp. 1-12). Radom, Poland: Instytut Technologii Eksploatacji.

Knobloch, N. A., & Hains, B. (in press). Enhancing Introductory College Courses Using Educational Games in Animal, Plant and Food Sciences (Mejorando Cursos Universitario Introductorios Usando Juegos Educativos en Zootecnia, Botanica, y Ciencias Alimentarias). Inaugural International Congress of Innovation in Higher Education for Teaching and Learning Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Knobloch, N. A., Hains, B., Keefe, L., Chang, S., Espinoza Morales, C., Welsh, M., . . . Graveel, J. (in press). Enhancing Introductory College Courses Using Educational Games in Animal, Plant and Food Sciences (Mejorando Cursos Universitario Introductorios Usando Juegos Educativos en Zootecnia, Botanica, y Ciencias Alimentarias). Inaugural International Congress of Innovation in Higher Education for Teaching and Learning Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Balschweid, M., Knobloch, N. A., & Hains, B. (2014). Teaching Introductory Life Science Courses in Colleges of Agriculture: Faculty Experiences. Journal of Agricultural Education, 55(4), 162-175. Retrieved from http://www.jae-online.org/

Mueller, A., Knobloch, N. A., & Orvis, K. S. (in press). Exploring the Effects of Active Learning on High School Students’ Outcomes and Teachers’ Perceptions of Biotechnology and Genetics Instruction. Journal of Agricultural Education. Retrieved from http://www.jae-online.org/

LaFollette, L. K., Knobloch, N. A., Schutz, M. M., & Brady, C. M. (in press). Consumers’ Motivations and Dairy Production Beliefs Regarding Participation in an Educational Dairy Farm Event. Journal of Agricultural Education. Retrieved from http://www.jae-online.org/

Knobloch, N. A., & Welsh, M. L. (in press). Engaging Students through Learner-Centered Teaching Strategies. In Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences in the 21st Century. Lubbock, TX: The Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas Tech University.

Welsh, M. L., & Knobloch, N. A. (in press). Motivation Theories and Strategies to Engage Students. In Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences in the 21st Century. Lubbock, TX: The Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas Tech University.