ERIC Number: EJ784939
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
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The Rise and Fall of Innovative Education: An Australian University Case Study
Patterson, Thomas F., Jr.
Innovative Higher Education, v32 n2 p71-84 Aug 2007
From 1980 to 1995, the University of Western Sydney at Hawkesbury (formerly Hawkesbury Agricultural College) in Richmond, New South Wales, Australia, pioneered an innovative undergraduate degree in Systems Agriculture based on experiential education, systems thinking, and adult learning theory. Today this program is in trouble and has reverted back to a more traditional teacher-directed approach. This article discusses the rise of the innovative education paradigm at Hawkesbury, the unique Systems Agriculture program itself, and its eventual decline. Reasons for both the shift to innovative education and its eventual downfall are explored. Implications for institutions of higher education contemplating innovative educational approaches are suggested.
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Case Studies, Program Descriptions, Agricultural Colleges, Experiential Learning, Adult Learning, Foreign Countries, Agriculture, Teaching Methods, Educational Philosophy, Educational Innovation, Academic Degrees, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia