ERIC Number: EJ1122810
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Ways of Knowing, Sharing, and Translating Agricultural Knowledge and Perspectives: Alternative Epistemologies across Non-Formal and Informal Settings
Mars, Matthew M.; Ball, Anna L.
Journal of Agricultural Education, v57 n1 p56-72 2016
The mainstream agricultural literacy movement has been mostly focused on school-based learning through formal curricula and standardized non-formal models (e.g., FFA, 4-H). The purpose of the current study is to qualitatively explore through a grounded theory approach, the development, sharing, and translation of diverse forms of agricultural knowledge and perspectives among adult learners within informal and non-formal learning settings. Data collected through interviews with and naturalistic observation of agricultural practitioners with diverse personal and professional backgrounds are used to guide the development of a holistic agricultural epistemology framework. Based on this framework, we argue the scope of the agricultural literacy movement should be expanded to better account for more diverse sets of learners (e.g., adults), worldviews (e.g., local food production and consumption), and curricular models and settings (e.g., informal and non-formal).
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Epistemology, Informal Education, Literacy, Qualitative Research, Grounded Theory, Information Dissemination, Semi Structured Interviews, Observation, Holistic Approach, Adult Learning, World Views, Models, Prior Learning, Educational Background, Family Characteristics, Cultural Influences, Experiments
American Association for Agricultural Education. P.O. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site: http://www.aaaeonline.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona
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