Michael S Retallick

Department Chair
Michael Retallick

Recent Courses Taught

  • AgEdS 110: Orientation
  • AgEdS 116: Initial Field Experience in Agricultural Education
  • AgEdS 211: Early Field Experience in Agricultural Education
  • AgEdS 312: Science With Practice
  • AgEdS 550: Foundations of Agricultural Education


Research Focus, Agenda, and Interests

Study of experiential learning as it relates to formal education at both the secondary and higher education levels. Areas of study include early field experiences, internships/field experiences, teaching and learning in the classroom and via distance education, Science With Practice (SWP), and learning communities.


Research Agenda

  • Explore contemporary methods of utilizing experiential learning in the secondary classroom
  • Explore/Evaluate the role of reflection/critical thinking in experiential learning
  • Study the PERT (Preflection, Experience, Reflection, and Transfer) approach to experiential learning in formal education


Areas of interest related to experiential learning and life-long learning (L3)

  • Reflection
  • Critical thinking
  • Questioning
  • Cognition and Metacognition


Peer Reviewed Articles, Thesis and Dissertations, Technical Reports available at Digital Repository

Area of Expertise: 
Agricultural Education
B.S. (1993) Agricultural Education, University of Wisconsin - Platteville
Master of Agribusiness (2002), Kansas State University
Ph.D. (2005) Agricultural Education, Iowa State University
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