Farm visits and the Scottish primary school curriculum

L. Mattu, B. Wood, C. Rinaldi, D. Roberts

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Abstract

Surveys have suggested that children in the UK lack basic knowledge about where their food comes from. Educational farm visits may help to address this. The Scottish curriculum guidelines, Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), encourage interdisciplinary learning experiences, and the utilisation of the outdoors as a context for education. This study explores the use of farm visits as an educational experience for primary school children in Scotland, and aims to address the following questions: Q1. How can teachers plan, deliver and evaluate learning from farm visits, in the context of Curriculum for Excellence? Q2. What barriers do teachers perceive to undertaking educational farm visits? Q3. To what extent can farm visits improve children’s understanding of land use and the food chain? Q4. What approaches can farmers use to engage children on visits? Q5. What do teachers, farmers and children identify as ‘best practice’ for educational farm visits?

Conference

ConferenceScottish Educational Research Association Conference 2013
Abbreviated titleSERA Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period20/11/1322/11/13

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  • education
  • agriculture

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Mattu, L., Wood, B., Rinaldi, C., & Roberts, D. (2013). Farm visits and the Scottish primary school curriculum. Poster session presented at Scottish Educational Research Association Conference 2013, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Mattu, L. ; Wood, B. ; Rinaldi, C. ; Roberts, D. / Farm visits and the Scottish primary school curriculum. Poster session presented at Scottish Educational Research Association Conference 2013, Glasgow, United Kingdom.1 p.
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Farm visits and the Scottish primary school curriculum. / Mattu, L.; Wood, B.; Rinaldi, C.; Roberts, D.

2013. Poster session presented at Scottish Educational Research Association Conference 2013, Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

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Mattu L, Wood B, Rinaldi C, Roberts D. Farm visits and the Scottish primary school curriculum. 2013. Poster session presented at Scottish Educational Research Association Conference 2013, Glasgow, United Kingdom.