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CASE Major Concepts

Concepts are the principles, theories, and recurring themes important to a student’s understanding of a CASE course of study. Teachers use concepts to define what students are learning.

In CASE curricula, each lesson has a list of concepts directly related to that lesson’s major topics. Major concepts reach beyond a lesson and are emphasized in all CASE courses. The following major concepts are underlying themes throughout CASE curricula.


  1. Agriculture, food, and natural resources systems produce the food, fiber, and fuel essential to daily life and contribute to the nation’s economic wealth.

  2. Individuals who pursue a program of study in agricultural education will benefit from leadership development, personal growth, and career exploration.

  3. Agricultural science and engineering contribute to the development, improvement, and sustainability of living things.

  4. Agricultural education establishes a relevant setting for applying mathematical practices and principles.

  5. Effective interpersonal communication skills facilitate group processes and aid in solving complex problems and the achievement of common goals.

  6. Reading and writing interpretation skills are necessary for educational and professional development.

  7. Safety is an attitude of personal responsibility that students must practice in the agricultural classroom, laboratory, shop, greenhouse, and facilities.

  8. Inquiry activities are essential in the practice of scientific processes and the world of research.

  9. The use of technology and computer applications is critical to modern agricultural practices.

  10. The ethical, environmental, social, and economic impacts of agricultural practices are essential to being a responsible, involved citizen.

  11.  Individuals involved with agricultural production processes must be proficient when performing technical skills.

  12. Critical thinking involves using a variety of problem-solving techniques in real-life contexts.


CASE is an initiative of the National Council for Agricultural Education (The Council).

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