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Opportunities and barriers perceived by secondary school agriculture teachers in implementing the GPS cows learning module

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posted on 28.05.2020, 00:00 by Amy Cosby, Mark Trotter, Jaime Manning, Roberta Harreveld, J Roberts
© 2019, International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education. Within the agriculture sector the use of digital technologies is rapidly expanding. There is a growing shortage of skilled people considering a career within this sector to support the uptake of agricultural technology. The GPS Cows program is designed to improve secondary school student's knowledge and skills of emerging agricultural technologies. It highlights a range of opportunities and potential career options available to students in agriculture. This collaborative project combines the expertise and passion of researchers, industry professionals and educators in both Australia and the USA. A pilot workshop was run with ten teachers from nine Queensland and New South Wales secondary schools. Teachers participated in lectures and practical workshops, developed data analysis skills and took part in a World Café style focus group. The focus group findings highlighted that for the GPS Cows program to be implemented in secondary school classrooms, excellent resources from the GPS Cows team are needed, combined with ongoing support and guidance. Nevertheless, the participating teachers felt that their students would both engage and enjoy participating in the GPS Cows program and realise the opportunities the agricultural sector offers.

History

Volume

27

Issue

4

Start Page

67

End Page

75

Number of Pages

9

ISSN

2200-4270

Publisher

Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Marcus Oldham College, Vic.

Author Research Institute

Centre for Regional Advancement of Learning, Equity, Access and Participation (LEAP)

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education

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