Agricultural Education and Communication

Agricultural Education and Communication

Headshot portrait of Andrew Thoron, associate professor of agricultural education

Andrew Thoron

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator

307A Rolfs Hall
PO Box 110540
Gainesville, FL 32611
352-294-1992
athoron@ufl.edu

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Dr. Andrew Thoron is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication (AEC) at the University of Florida. In addition, he serves as the undergraduate coordinator for the department, as well as provides leadership to address the professional development needs of Florida agriscience teachers.

Originally from Raymond, Illinois, Thoron first received his associate’s degree in agriculture from Lincoln Land Community College, before moving to Illinois State University to complete his B.S., also in agriculture (2002). Thoron obtained his master’s degree in 2007 and his doctorate in 2010, both studying agricultural education and communication at UF.

Thoron came to UF with professional experience in education, first serving as a high school agriscience educator at Mt. Pulaski High School. Then, he worked in a state leadership role with the Illinois State Board of Education for agricultural education where his primary responsibility was to aid agriscience teachers, administrators, and community members in developing and maintaining agricultural education programs.

When it comes to research, Thoron’s expertise is in the area of teaching and learning, focusing on argumentation skill development. Additional research interests for Thoron 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.

 

Selected Publications

Mouser, D. M., Sheng, Z., Thoron, A. C., Baker, A, & Bacon, K (2017). A comparative analysis of career readiness assessment results of Illinois high school agriculture students. Journal of Agricultural Education, 57(4), 111-126. doi: 10.5032/jae.2017.04111

Rubenstein, E. D., Thoron, A. C., Colclasure, B. C., & Gordon, J. A. (2016). Supervised agricultural experience programs: An examination of the development and implementation of urban programs. Journal of Agricultural Education, 57(4), 217-233. doi: 10.5032/jae.2016.04217

Burleson, S.E., & Thoron, A.C. (2014). Effects of agricultural sales CDE modules on content knowledge and argumentation skill. Journal of Agricultural Education, 55(5), 93-110. doi:10.5032/jae.2014.05093

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. (2011). Effects of inquiry-based agriscience instruction on student achievement. Journal of Agricultural Education, 52(4), 175-187. doi:10.5032/jae.2011.04175

Awards

  • National Association of Agriculture Educators Outstanding Cooperation Award, 2017
  • Florida Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Cooperation Award, 2017
  • American Association for Agricultural Education Outstanding Early Career Award, 2016
  • American Association for Agricultural Education Southern Region Outstanding Young Member, 2016
  • UF-CALS Undergraduate Faculty Advisor/Mentor of the Year Award, 2016
  • JAE Author of the Year 2010, 2012, 2014, & 2015
  • JAE Author of the Year 2011 2nd Runner-up
  • Over 20 Scholarly Awards through American Association for Agricultural Education