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Dr. Andrew Thoron

Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education and Communication

Andrew Thoron is an assistant professor of agricultural education in the AEC department. Andrew grew up in Central Illinois and taught high school agriscience at Mt. Pulaski High School. He then took on a state leadership role with the Illinois State Board of Education for agricultural education where his primarily responsibility was to aid agriscience teachers, administrators, and community members in developing and maintaining agricultural education programs.

Thoron continues his assistance of teachers through his extension appointment that assists with the professional development needs of the Florida agriscience teachers. He also coordinates the teaching certification for the department.

Thoron's research expertise is in the area of teaching and learning, focusing on argumentation skill development. Additional research interests are central to effective teaching, student achievement and scientific reasoning.

Thoron is also a founding member of the s1057 Multistate Research project that focuses on STEM emphasis in school-based agricultural education and the Ag STEM Education Lab within the department.

Recent Publications

  • Burleson, S.E., & Thoron, A.C. (In press). Effects of agricultural sales CDE modules on content knowledge and argumentation skill. Manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Agricultural Education.
  • Stripling, C.T., Thoron, A.C., & Estepp, C.M. (In press). Learning activities utilized and readiness for the student teaching internship. Manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Agricultural Education.
  • Rubenstein, E.D., & Thoron, A.C. (In press). Successful supervised agricultural experience programs as defined by American FFA Degree star finalists. Manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Agricultural Education.
  • Rubenstein, E.D., Thoron, A.C., & Estepp, C.M. (In press). Perceived self-efficacy of preservice agriculture teachers toward specific SAE competencies. Manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Agricultural Education.
  • Estepp, C.M., Thoron, A.C., Roberts, T.G., & Dyer, J.E. (In press). Variations in professional development needs of Florida agricultural education teachers based on gender, school level, and experience. Manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Career and Technical Education. 
  • Thoron, A.C., & Burleson, S.E. (2014). Students' Perceptions of Agriscience when Taught Through Inquiry-Based Instruction.  Journal of Agricultural Education, 55(1), 66-75. doi:10.5032/jae.2014.01066
  • Rubenstein, E.D., & Thoron, A.C. (2013). An observational analysis of agricultural education faculty during on-site supervisory visits with preservice teachers. Journal of Agricultural Education, 54(4), 134-148. doi: 10.5032/jae.2013.04134
  • Thoron, A.C., & Rubenstein, E.D. (2013). The effect of vee maps and laboratory reports on high- and low-order content-knowledge achievement in agriscience education. Journal of Agricultural Education, 54(3), 198-208. doi:10.5032/jae.2013.03198
  • Thoron, A.C., & Myers, B.E. (2012). Effects of inquiry-based agriscience instruction on student scientific reasoning. Journal of Agricultural Education, 53(4), 156-190. doi:10.5032/jae.2012.04156 
  • Thoron, A.C., & Myers, B.E. (2012). Effects of inquiry-based agriscience instruction on student scientific reasoning. Journal of Agricultural Education, 53(4), 156-190. doi:10.5032/jae.2012.04156
  • Thoron, A.C., & Myers B.E. (2012). Effects of inquiry-based agriscience instruction and subject matter-based instruction on student argumentation skills. Journal of Agricultural Education, 53(2), 58-69. doi:10.5032/jae.2012.02058 
  • Thoron, A.C., Myers, B.E., Harder, A., Stedman, N., & Roberts, T.G. (2012). An analysis of teaching competencies of junior faculty with different levels of graduate teaching assistant experiences. Journal of Natural Resources & Life Sciences Education, 41(1), 1-6doi:10.4195/jnrlse.2011.0011g 
  • Barrick, R.K., Samy, M.M., Roberts, T.G., Thoron, A.C., & Easterly, R.G. III (2011). A needs assessment to determine knowledge and ability of Egyptian agricultural technical school teachers related to supervised agricultural experience. Journal of Agricultural Education, 52(2), 1-11. doi:10.5032/jae.2011.02001
  • Thoron, A.C., Myers, B.E., & Abrams, K. (2011). Inquiry-based instruction: How is it utilized, accepted, and assessed in schools with National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors? Journal of Agricultural Education, 52(1), 96-106. doi:10.5032/jae.2011.01096
  • Thoron, A.C., & Myers, B.E., (2011). Impact of gender, ethnicity, year in school, social economic status, and state standardized assessment scores on student content knowledge achievement when using vee maps as a formative assessment tool. Journal of Agricultural Education, 52(1), 85-95. doi:10.5032/jae.2011.01085
  • Stedman, N.L.P., Roberts, T.G., Harder, A., Myers, B.E., & Thoron, A.C. (2011). The relationship between experience and self-perceptions of knowledge and relevance of teaching competencies for faculty in a college of agricultural and life sciences. Journal of Agricultural Education 52(1), 50-60. doi:10.5032/jae.2011.01050
  • Thoron, A.C., & Myers, B.E. (2010). The effect of using vee maps versus standard laboratory reports on achieving student content knowledge. Journal of Agricultural Education, 51(3), 12-22. doi:10.5032/jae.2010.03012 *Awarded Journal Article of the Year in JAE
  • Thoron, A.C., & Myers, B.E. (2010). Perceptions of preservice teachers toward integrating science into school¬–based agricultural education curriculum. Journal of Agricultural Education, 51(2), 70-80. doi: 10.5032/jae.2010.02070
  • Thoron, A.C., Barrick, R.K., Roberts, T.G., Gunderson, M.A., & Samy, M.M. (2010). Preparing for, conducting and evaluating workshops for agricultural technical school instructors in Egypt. Journal of Agricultural Education, 51(1), 75-87. doi: 10.5032/jae.2010.01075

Awards & Honors

  • Journal of Agricultural Education Author of the Year, 2011, 2012 & 2014
  • Journal of Agricultural Education Author of the Year – 2nd runner-up, 2013
  • Editor's Excellence in Manuscript Review Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, 2012
  • Over twenty Outstanding Research Paper/Poster Awards – AAAE
  • Dr. Jimmy G. Cheek Graduate Student Medal of Excellence, University of FL, 2010
  • Graduate Student Teaching Award, NACTA, 2009
  • Teachers Turn the Key Award Winner (NAAE), 2004
  • Selected as a Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2003, 2004, & 2005

Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education and Communication