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

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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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Abstract

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.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist Studies in Education
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum
Author:Acuna, TB (Dr Tina Acuna)
Author:Lane, P (Associate Professor Peter Lane)
Author:Kelder, J-A (Dr Jo-Anne Kelder)
Author:Hannan, G (Dr Greg Hannan)
ID Code:78800
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2012-07-27
Last Modified:2014-08-25
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