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Stakeholder effect: A qualitative study of the influence of farm leaders' ideas on a sustainable agriculture education program for adults
Journal of Agricultural Education
  • Nancy Grudens-Schuck, Iowa State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Version
Published Version
Publication Date
1-1-2001
DOI
10.5032/jae.2001.04001
Abstract

This paper considers issues related to farmers' control of program planning for non-formal agricultural adult education1. Discussion is based on an empirical study of a $10 million Canadian sustainable agriculture education program that was initiated, created, and controlled by a coalition of farm organizations, supplanting a traditional role of extension. Theories of participatory extension education provide a theoretical framework for consideration of issues in the case. Participation theory guides the formation of partnerships among extension, communities, industry, and government. In the area of sustainable agriculture, however, stakeholders may conflict, presenting challenges to engagement and decision-making processes. Moreover, agricultural education researchers have produced little data to show effects of stakeholder involvement in program planning, putting the extension system at risk of desiring increased levels of engagement without a knowledge base about potential impacts. The study was conducted over a 3-year period using cultural anthropology and participatory action research. Farmers strongly influenced five program elements: (a) staffing, (b) content, (c) instruction, (d) evaluation, and (e) composition of planning group.

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This article is from Journal of Agricultural Education 42 (2001): 1, doi:10.5032/jae.2001.04001. Posted with permission.

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Journal of Agricultural Education
Language
en
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Citation Information
Nancy Grudens-Schuck. "Stakeholder effect: A qualitative study of the influence of farm leaders' ideas on a sustainable agriculture education program for adults" Journal of Agricultural Education Vol. 42 Iss. 4 (2001) p. 1 - 11
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/nancy-grudens-schuck/10/