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Development of a 'Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Statement' for agriculture


Botwright Acuna, T and Kelder, J-A and Able, AJ and McDonald, G and Guisard, Y and Bellotti, B and Wormell, P and Doyle, R and Meinke, H, Development of a 'Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Statement' for agriculture, ComBio Conference 2014: Combined ASBMB, ASPS and ANZSCDB Annual Meetings, 28 September - 2 October 2014, Canberra, Australia (2014) [Conference Extract]

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We report on the process and outcomes of a national project that has developed a Learning and Teaching Academic Standards (LTAS) Statement for the Agriculture discipline. Agricultural research and teaching relies on strong links with industry due to the applied nature of the discipline. Without these links, sustainable and profitable practice change in agricultural systems cannot be achieved. A pilot project, in 2011-2012, with academic staff from three Australian universities identified Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs) for the sub-discipline of Agricultural Science. The AgLTAS project provided the opportunity to validate or refute these TLOs by seeking input from a wider group of stakeholders, including industry. National consensus was sought by a process of iterative consultation with academics, students and industry stakeholders and tested across four Australian universities. We have collected qualitative and quantitative data from participants who attended a series of workshops across most Australian States and Territories and via an online survey. The need for students to attain highly developed problem solving and communication skills was highly valued by participants because of the perceived capability of graduates to generate new opportunities and innovation in agriculture. Industry-specific (vocational) knowledge was generally regarded as attainable during on-the-job training after graduation. The next phase of the project aims to trial the Standards Statement for Agriculture by benchmarking the academic standards achieved in four universities that teach Agriculture and related disciplines, using an online Curriculum Mapping Tool.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:threshold learning outcomes, higher education, curriculum mapping
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Botwright Acuna, T (Associate Professor Tina Acuna)
UTAS Author:Kelder, J-A (Dr Jo-Anne Kelder)
UTAS Author:Doyle, R (Associate Professor Richard Doyle)
UTAS Author:Meinke, H (Professor Holger Meinke)
ID Code:96136
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2014-10-21
Last Modified:2014-10-21

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