A conceptual framework to investigate the role of peer learning processes at on-farm demonstrations in the light of sustainable agriculture

Cooreman, Hanne, Vandenabeele, Joke, Debruyne, Lies, Ingram, Julie ORCID: 0000-0003-0712-4789, Chiswell, Hannah Marie ORCID: 0000-0003-4504-1319, Koutsouris, Alex, Pappa, Eleni and Marchand, Fleur (2018) A conceptual framework to investigate the role of peer learning processes at on-farm demonstrations in the light of sustainable agriculture. International Journal of Agricultural Extension, 2018. pp. 91-103. ISSN 2311-8547

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Abstract

Peer-to-peer approaches seem promising in enhancing sustainable agricultural systems. However, the kind of learning processes that underlie peer learning approaches have not been sufficiently studied in farmer-to-farmer settings. To answer the question how peer learning processes can foster farmer learning for sustainable agriculture, we will develop empirical research tools that can give us more insight into these processes as currently occurring in on-farm demonstration settings. In this explorative paper, we explore the common ground on how to design an integrative framework of effective farmer-to-farmer learning processes at on-farm demonstrations in the light of sustainable agriculture. During the in-depth literature search, we focussed on three main subfields in scientific literature addressing effective learning processes: peer assisted learning (PAL) process model, adult learning theory and education for sustainable development (ESD). We link effective learning processes supported by these three subfields with findings from previous research on farmer-to-farmer practices. The comparison of the three subfields led to a conceptual framework with core interacting effective learning processes defined as engagement, interactive knowledge creation and initiated communication, fostering cognitive conflict and critical reflection.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: 13th European International Farming Systems Association (IFSA) Symposium, Greece.
Uncontrolled Keywords: On-farm demonstration, peer learning, learning processes, adult learning, education for sustainable development.
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S589.75 Agriculture and the environment
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S589.7 Agricultural ecology (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S604.5 Agricultural conservation
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Imogen Young
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2018 14:34
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2019 04:15
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/6339

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