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Aligning an agricultural science curriculum with the national science threshold learning outcomes


Acuna, TB and Lane, P and Kelder, J-A and Hannan, G, Aligning an agricultural science curriculum with the national science threshold learning outcomes, Proceedings of the Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, 26-28 September 2012, Sydney, Australia, pp. 7. ISBN 978-0-9871834-1-5 (2012) [Conference Extract]

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quality assurance framework currently being developed in the higher education sector. In the science discipline, this included a statement describing the nature and extent of science and threshold or minimum levels of achievement (threshold learning outcomes) that can be expected of a bachelor level graduate. The aim of this project was to demonstrate that the nationally agreed Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs) for Science can be adapted successfully to the specialist, agricultural science discipline. Here we report on the development of course-level learning outcomes using the process of peer-to-peer professional learning of teaching staff in the School of Agricultural Science and qualitative feedback from a survey of teaching and research staff in the School and more widely in the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture. Key findings are that a statement on the nature and extent of agricultural science needs to capture its multi-disciplinary nature and that TLOs should also incorporate minimum levels of achievement in vocational knowledge. The process will serve as a model for wider dissemination of TLOs within UTAS and other universities.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Acuna, TB (Professor Tina Acuna)
UTAS Author:Lane, P (Associate Professor Peter Lane)
UTAS Author:Kelder, J-A (Dr Jo-Anne Kelder)
UTAS Author:Hannan, G (Dr Greg Hannan)
ID Code:78800
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2012-07-27
Last Modified:2014-08-25

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