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Agricultural Extension and Rural Development

Agricultural Extension and Rural Development
Breaking out of Knowledge Transfer Traditions

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David B. Russell, Raymond L. Ison, Lloyd Fell, Adrian Mackenzie, Lynn Webber, Danielle Digman, Philippa Major
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  • Date Published: November 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521642019

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  • While traditions are very important to a culture, there is a need to challenge, as well as to respect, those traditions that have given rise to a particular rural research and development system. The authors examine the broad themes of "knowledge transfer" and the organization and conduct of research and development, based particularly on the system operating in the rangelands of Australia. The need to adopt a novel approach arose because the existing practice of agricultural extension did not meet the needs of the farming community there, and the funding bodies were dissatisfied with the return on their investment. The way in which the relationship between the rural community and researchers might be differently, and perhaps more fruitfully, managed are discussed. The issues addressed have relevance in a wider context and, as a result, this book will be of importance to any professional involved in agricultural management and policy making.

    • An alternative approach to research and development
    • Interdisciplinary treatment of agricultural strategy and policy
    • Includes examples from relevant research projects
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    "Those involved in agricultural research and extension will find the book both thought-provoking and, for some, controversial." Journal of Natural Resources Life Science Education

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521642019
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 232 x 150 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus. 14 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    About the authors
    Part I. Breaking Out of Traditions:
    1. The research-development relationship in rural communities: an opportunity for contextual science David B. Russell and Raymond L. Ison
    2. The human quest for understanding and agreement Lloyd Fell and David B. Russell
    3. Technology: transforming grazier experience Raymond L. Ison
    Part II. Historical Patterns, Technological Lineages and the Emergence of Institutionalised Research and Development:
    4. From theodolite to satellite: land, technology and power in the western division of NSW Adrian Mackenzie
    5. Experience, tradition and service? Institutionalised R&D in the rangelands Raymond L. Ison
    Part III. A Design for Second-Order Research and Development:
    6. Enthusiasm: developing critical action for second-order R&D David B. Russell and Raymond L. Ison
    7. Co-researching: braiding theory and practice for research with people Lynn Webber
    8. The grazier's story Danielle Dignam and Philippa Major
    Part IV. Limitations and Possibilities for Research and Development Design:
    9. Designing R&D systems for mutual benefit David B. Russell and Raymond L. Ison

  • Editors

    Ray Ison, The Open University, Milton Keynes

    David Russell, University of Western Sydney


    David B. Russell, Raymond L. Ison, Lloyd Fell, Adrian Mackenzie, Lynn Webber, Danielle Digman, Philippa Major

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