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ERIC Number: EJ797640
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1394
Communication Technologies and Knowledge Building in Agriculture
Segrave, Robin
Australian Journal of Adult Learning, v44 n1 p27-43 Apr 2004
The concept of knowledge building communities has not traditionally been associated with agricultural extension, but is one which has the potential to increase the rate of adoption of best management practices by the industry. A potentially important mechanism to facilitate knowledge building is information and communication technology (ICT); however, very little research has been conducted on how effective it is in facilitating agricultural extension. In this study, the potential for the use of ICT to facilitate knowledge building communities in agriculture was investigated in the dairy industry. Drawing on qualitative analysis using a case study, this research showed that ICT can enhance the gaining of technical knowledge (an important goal of extension); however, it was less successful in increasing collaborative learning. It was found that hierarchies within the dairy learning group were maintained despite the use of ICT, and that this inhibited participation. The research concluded that ICT needs to be embedded in and supported by other forms of social interaction. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia