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Agricultural Extension and Rural Development : Breaking out of Knowledge Transfer Traditions - Ray Ison

Agricultural Extension and Rural Development

Breaking out of Knowledge Transfer Traditions

By: Ray Ison (Editor), David Russell (Editor)

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Published: 28th November 1999
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While cultural traditions are important, there is a need to challenge, as well as to respect, those traditions which have given rise to a particular rural research and development system. The authors examine the broad themes of 'knowledge transfer' and the organisation and conduct of research and development from a 'second-order' systems perspective. The discussion is based on the system operating in the rangelands of Australia, where 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 ways in which the relationship between the rural community and researchers might be more effectively managed are discussed. The issues addressed have relevance in a wider context and this book will therefore be of importance to any professional involved in agricultural management and policy making.

"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

List of contributors
About the authors
Acknowledgements
Breaking Out of Traditions
The research-development relationship in rural communities: an opportunity for contextual science
The human quest for understanding and agreement
Technology: transforming grazier experience
Historical Patterns, Technological Lineages and the Emergence of Institutionalised Research and Development
From theodolite to satellite: land, technology and power in the western division of NSW Adrian Mackenzie
Experience, tradition and service? Institutionalised R&D in the rangelands
A Design for Second-Order Research and Development
Enthusiasm: developing critical action for second-order R&D
Co-researching: braiding theory and practice for research with people
The grazier's story
Limitations and Possibilities for Research and Development Design
Designing R&D systems for mutual benefit
Appendix
Glossary
Index
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ISBN: 9780521642019
ISBN-10: 0521642019
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 28th November 1999
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48