Date of Award
Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours) BEd (Primary) (Hons)
ANZSRC / FoR Code
130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
This research reports on the benefits of teaching Agricultural Learning Experiences, at a rural school currently operating within Australia's education system. It has been claimed that Agricultural Learning Experiences offer students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the vitality of agricultural industries, as they are economically, socially and politically important to local, national, and global success. Agricultural Learning Experiences provide an array of authentic teaching methods for facilitating the development of individual talents and capacities, consistent with the Adelaide Declaration on National Goals for Schooling.
A case study methodology was employed in order to identify the existence of educational benefits of Agricultural Learning Experiences at Lindsay Rural School. The use of both qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques offered a range of perspectives while at the same time allowing the identification of specific benefits. The results clearly show that Agricultural Learning Experiences contribute to students' personal development and academic performance. Parents, teachers and students consistently reported that attending Lindsay Rural School has developed students' skills in problem solving, responsibility and teamwork. Numerous other benefits were also identified by the participants, which are also important to national education goals.
Cormack, J. C. (2005). An investigation of the perceived benefits of Agricultural Learning Experiences through a case study of Lindsay Rural School (Bachelor's thesis, Avondale College, Cooranbong, Australia). Retrieved from https://research.avondale.edu.au/theses_bachelor_honours/37/