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Phenomenon-Based Learning in Agroecology: A Prerequisite for Transdisciplinarity and Responsible Action

Phenomenon-based learning in agroecology provides a rationale and platform for bridging academia and society. Learning based on reflective experiences on farms and in communities has provided the foundation and the core of an agroecology course in Norway since 2000. Student teams work with university teachers and stakeholders in ‘open-ended cases’ to identify key constraints and future possibilities. This learning strategy uses real-world situations on the farm and in the community where solutions are not already known to instructor or clients. Employing natural science and social science methods, the teams examine and evaluate production, economic, environmental, and social dimensions, as integrated into whole systems. The students then design and evaluate future scenarios and work out plans of action. The result has been a strong foundation for responsible action in students’ future endeavors in education and development. 

Title of publication: Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
Volume: 37
Issue: 1
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Page range: 60-75
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Year: 2013
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Country/ies: Norway
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Content language: English
Author: Francis, C. , Tor Arvid Breland , Edvin Østergaard , Geir Lieblein, Suzanne Morse
Type: Journal article
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