The project team held 17 successful workshops across the country from September – December 2013. Workshops have generated valuable discussions, with some diverse opinions but also common themes arising.
Themes were identified around knowledge and understanding, along with skills in inquiry and problem solving to critically analyse and address problems in agriculture. Effective communication to a range of audiences and personal and professional responsibility are also considered important. Interestingly, industry would appear to regard vocational skills as being gained after graduation, during on-the job training specific to the task.
In November, the data collected from all consultation activities was collated into a report that informed discussion by the Reference Group to develop Version 1 of the Learning and Teaching Academics Standards for Agriculturet (PDF), which includes a Statement on the Nature and Extent of Agriculture and associated Threshold Learning Outcomes. We encourage you to provide your feedback through the online survey.