How farmers learn : different approaches to change

Kilpatrick, Sue and Johns, Susan 2003, How farmers learn : different approaches to change, Journal of agricultural education and extension, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 151-164, doi: 10.1080/13892240385300231.

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Title How farmers learn : different approaches to change
Author(s) Kilpatrick, Sue
Johns, Susan
Journal name Journal of agricultural education and extension
Volume number 9
Issue number 4
Start page 151
End page 164
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1389-224X
Summary This paper presents findings of an Australian study that investigated how farm- management teams go about learning to manage their businesses, including how they learn in order to make strategic and tactical changes. The Australian farming context is one of increasing complexity and risk that demands greater sophistication and professionalism in farm management. Learning is related to increased capacity to manage successful change. Farm-management teams employ four different learning patterns when making changes to their management and marketing practices. Learning patterns are termed local focussed, people focussed, outward looking and extensive networking. These patterns appear to be related to ongoing learning practices of farm-management teams as well as to learning for change. Local focussed management teams learnt for change by accessing only local sources (including government extension services) or a single individual. People focussed farm-management teams preferred to learn for change principally by seeking information and advice on a one-to-one basis from more than one person, most frequently experts, but often other farmers. The remaining farm businesses accessed a variety of sources. The group classed as extensive networkers accessed a large number of varied sources in learning for change. Others who used a less extensive range were termed outward looking.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13892240385300231
Field of Research 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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