4-H Curriculum Corner: What are Project Outcomes? 

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Jennifer Richards, Assistant Professor

What are project outcomes?

As you saw in an email from Marketing and Communications earlier this week, the process of publishing Project Area outcomes has begun. The outcomes ultimately define what TN 4-H wants our students to know, be able to do, and think through their completion of project work.

The curriculum team has worked with the subject matter specialists to develop these outcomes and indicators to guide 4-H project work. Next, the outcomes were reviewed by county agents, regional program leaders, and the state staff. The outcomes are organized based on number of years in the project. Beginner out- comes are for students with 1 to 2 years of project work, Intermediate for 3 to 5, and Advanced for 6 or more years. By organizing outcomes in this fashion, students are naturally guided to move from lower order thinking skills (LOTS), which are normally associated with the lower levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy, to higher order thinking skills (HOTS), which are the upper levels of Blooms.

Several new sets of outcomes are expected to be published in the next few weeks. As these outcomes are published, they will be posted on the project page of the state 4-H website along with a video explaining the outcomes. The graphic below is an updated look at the progress made with these outcomes as of Thursday, March 9th.

In-Service Opportunity

There will be a ZOOM in-service to introduce everyone to the new lesson plan template, explain each of the components of it, and give a brief introduction on how to read state content standards. This will take place on April 4th at 12:30 Eastern Time .

Project - Percent - Beef - 28.6% Citizenship - 100.0% Clothing and Textiles - 28.6% Communications / Public Speaking - 28.6% Companion Animal - 28.6% Computers and Technology - 28.6% Consumer Education / Economics - 100.0% Dairy - 28.6% Electric - 0.0% Engineering / Safety Science - 0.0% Entomology - 0.0% Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries - 28.6% Food Science - 28.6% Goat - 28.6% Horse - 28.6% Horticulture / Garden - 71.4% Leadership - 85.7% Line and Design - 71.4% Nutrition, Health, and Fitness - 71.4% performing arts / recreation - 28.6% Personal development - 57.1% Photography - 0.0% Plant Science - 28.6% Poultry - 0.0% Sheep - 14.3% Swine - 28.6% Vet Science - 14.3% Overall - 35.4%
Clothing and Textiles28.6%
Communications / Public Speaking28.6%
Companion Animal28.6%
Computers and Technology28.6%
Consumer Education / Economics100.0%
Engineering / Safety Science0.0%
Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries28.6%
Food Science28.6%
Horticulture / Garden71.4%
Line and Design71.4%
Nutrition, Health, and Fitness71.4%
performing arts / recreation28.6%
Personal development57.1%
Plant Science28.6%
Vet Science14.3%

As always, if you have any questions related to curriculum, lesson plans, or your in- school clubs, please do not hesitate to reach out to James or Jennifer.