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The many turnings of agricultural extension in Australia


Hunt, W and Birch, C and Coutts, J and Vanclay, F, The many turnings of agricultural extension in Australia, Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 18, (1) pp. 9-26. ISSN 1389-224X (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 Wageningen University

DOI: doi:10.1080/1389224X.2012.638780


Purpose: This article outlines the development of extension as a discipline in Australia, its organization, and the ideological changes that have occurred from the second half of the nineteenth century through to the present.

Design/Methodology/Approach: It considers the evolution of extension across the different states of Australia from a national perspective and describes how the research development and extension (RD&E) complex has rotated through cycles of crises, highs, awakenings in thought and practice, and periods where achievements and institutions unravel.

Findings: Discussed is the tension between public and private sector extension, as well as the successes and failures of various paradigms. It considers the impacts of different agricultural policy on Australian agricultural RD&E across the decades. In particular it deals with the current ‘unravelling’ of the agricultural RD&E system in Australia, and tries to anticipate future demands on agricultural extension and how these services might be delivered into the future.

Practical Implications: The article challenges the reader to consider the discipline of extension as a subset of the greater society in which it exists. It provides an insight into how the agricultural research, development and extension capacity of a nation can be observed to ebb and flow over generations in accord with the rhythm of society.

Originality/Value: The article presents a perspective that has not been fully captured or understood until now.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:agriculture, agricultural extension, capacity, resilience, history of extension
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, land and farm management
Research Field:Agriculture, land and farm management not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Other animal production and animal primary products
Objective Field:Other animal production and animal primary products not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hunt, W (Mr Warren Hunt)
UTAS Author:Birch, C (Associate Professor Colin Birch)
UTAS Author:Vanclay, F (Professor Francis Vanclay)
ID Code:65920
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2010-12-09
Last Modified:2017-05-26
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