ERIC Number: ED211709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of the Pilot Certificate in Farm Practice Course.
Kuhl, D.; Trethewey C.
A Farm Practice Certificate course piloted in the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, during 1979-80 was evaluated during its development and implementation. Three areas were examined: trainee and master farmer characteristics, effectiveness of off-property education and training activities and the theory modules, and the effectiveness of on-property practical skills training activities. Preliminary surveys identified education and training needs in the region through two questionnaires. Twenty-eight persons applied to enter the pilot course; 27 farms and master farmers were involved. The teaching program was evaluated by continuous assessment of course content by course coordinator and lecturers, pre- and post-testing of each "block" release (on-farm portion of training), trainee reaction for each block release, project and assignment assessments, examination of information contained in practical skills instruction and log-book, and feedback from master farmers. The Farm Practice Training Scheme was found to be highly successful in meeting needs of the farming community. Master farmers and trainees rated it highly as a useful course. (Twenty-eight recommendations to improve content and presentation are made throughout the report; they are also listed in introductory materials. Appendixes, amounting to over one-half of the report, include evaluation instruments and test scores.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Australian Dept. of Further Education, Adelaide. Research Clearinghouse.
Identifiers: Australia (South Australia)