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EVALUATION OF STUDENT REFLECTIVE DOCUMENTS IN AGROECOLOGY EDUCATION: A QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS OF EXPERIENTAL LEARNING

Nicolaysen, Anna Marie; Breland, Tor Arvid; Francis, Charles; Lieblein, Geir and Morse, Suzanne (2014) EVALUATION OF STUDENT REFLECTIVE DOCUMENTS IN AGROECOLOGY EDUCATION: A QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS OF EXPERIENTAL LEARNING. In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridges, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 3, Thuenen Report, no. 20, pp. 905-908.

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This paper describes an evaluation of experiential learning in agroecology, based on analysis of learning outcomes as described by students in their individual Learner (Reflection) Documents. Galt et al. (2013) highlighted the importance of reflective essays in reinforcing experiential learning. Each fall semester since 2000, students in an agroecology course in farming and food systems at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) have submitted a self-evaluation of their learning as well as the teaching process. Their Learner Document is based on a log the students write about their experiences in the field, including interactions with stakeholders on farms and in communities, and lectures and discussion sessions with students and facilitators in and out of the classroom. Together with practical aspects described in the log is an in-depth reflection by each student on the learning process. While the students work in teams of four to six people to produce a Client (Stakeholder) Document, in cooperation with their stakeholders in the farming and food system, the Learner Document is written individually and reflects their personal learning experience.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Agroecology, experiental learning, learning assessment, qualitative analysis, student reflection
Agrovoc keywords:
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EnglishAgroecologyhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_92381
EnglishExperiential learninghttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_9000055
EnglishQualitative analysishttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_35284
EnglishUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Subjects: Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Systems research and participatory research
Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2014: 18th IFOAM OWC Scientific Track: 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference
Norway > NMBU - Norwegian University of Life Sciences
ISBN:978-3-86576-128-6
DOI:10.3220/REP_20_1_2014
Deposited By: Nicolaysen, Dr. Anna Marie
ID Code:24086
Deposited On:31 Oct 2014 13:13
Last Modified:31 Oct 2014 13:13
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:urn:nbn:de:gbv:253-201407-dn053621-1

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