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ERIC Number: EJ1215502
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1042-0541
Community as Context and Content: A Land-Based Learning Primer for Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Education
McKim, Aaron J.; Raven, Matt R.; Palmer, Abbey; McFarland, Ashley
Journal of Agricultural Education, v60 n1 p172-185 2019
Mitigating socio-ecological problems like pollution, climate change, and environmental degradation is increasingly essential to sustaining life on Earth. The urgency required to address these challenges throughout Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) Education while simultaneously enhancing the quality of educational experiences offered at the local level requires members of the AFNR Education community continuously identify, critique, implement, and evaluate potentially transformative pedagogical methods. This white paper serves as a primer for a new pedagogical approach to be considered throughout all levels of AFNR Education, land-based learning -- defined as a pedagogical approach in which students collaborate with community members to implement place-based interventions within AFNR to increase the sustainability of their community. As an introduction to land-based learning, this review (a) explores the foundations of land-based learning by introducing place-based and land-based education, (b) outlines a four-step approach (i.e., identification, understanding, intervention, and evaluation) to implementing land-based learning within AFNR Education, and (c) illuminates empirically-identified outcomes of land-based learning. As land-based learning is explored, its potential to pragmatically equip communities to empower future generations of learners with the knowledge, skills, and commitment to solve socio-ecological problems is highlighted.
American Association for Agricultural Education. P.O. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 20173864026916