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Developing effective learning programs : what extension can learn from the fields of adult education and learning communities

Kilpatrick, Sue and Fulton, Amabel 2003, Developing effective learning programs : what extension can learn from the fields of adult education and learning communities, in APEN 2003 : Extending extension : beyond traditional boundaries, methods and ways of thinking, [APEN Australasia-Pacific Extension Network], [Hobart, Tas.].

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Title Developing effective learning programs : what extension can learn from the fields of adult education and learning communities
Author(s) Kilpatrick, Sue
Fulton, Amabel
Conference name Australasia Pacific Extension Network. Forum (2003 : Hobart, Tas.)
Conference location Hobart, Tas.
Conference dates 26-28 November 2003
Title of proceedings APEN 2003 : Extending extension : beyond traditional boundaries, methods and ways of thinking
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2003
Conference series Australasia Pacific Extension Network Forum
Publisher [APEN Australasia-Pacific Extension Network]
Place of publication [Hobart, Tas.]
Keyword(s) extension
training
adult learning
learning communities
industry organisations
Summary Learning is an investment in capacity building that has and will continue to reap rewards for primary producers and government in terms of increased sustainable production, profitability, exports, jobs and sustainable rural communities. Primary production operates in a context of continual change and requires up to date, complex and varied skills of primary producers and land managers.

A recent national research project funded by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Australia confirmed that application of best practice from the theory of adult education in designing and developing learning programs in primary industry results in learning activities that provide information that is relevant to farmers’ needs, delivered in an entertaining way, and that draws on examples directly relevant to the participants. As a result, the training often exceeds the expectations of the participants.

The project produced a self-assessment checklist to identify ways of improving the development and delivery of training for extension practitioners and training providers. The key issues include continuous monitoring of client’s needs, and actively seeking opportunities to meet and work with industry organisations, other training providers and funding bodies.

There appear to be two drivers for the development of learning programs. One is problems or opportunities identified by people and organisations that could be termed ‘scanners’ and who tend not to be potential participants, the other is learning needs expressed by individuals or enterprises who want to participate in learning activities (participants). Scanners are typically industry organisations, government agencies and researchers, but may include providers and participants. Extension practitioners are well-placed to act as scanners.

It is very important that farmers and farmer organisations contribute to the development of new learning programs. Without industry input and support, extension practitioners and training providers cannot be expected to ensure they meet client needs. In other words, to develop effective learning programs, there must an industry learning community of producers, industry organisations, extension practitioners and training providers and other stakeholders such as supply chain enterprises, government and researchers.
Language eng
Field of Research 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30020336

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