2018_IE_Karol-Kissane_Review-Of-Perceptions-Of-Agriculture-In-Primary-School-Students-And-Opportunit

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1Review of Perceptions of Agriculture inPrimary School Students andopportunities for developmentsA report forNUFFIELD IRELANDFarming ScholarshipsBy Karol Kissane2018 Nuffield ScholarSeptember 2019
2This publication has been prepared in good faith on the basis of information available at thedate of publication without any independent verification. Nuffield Ireland does not guaranteeor warrant the accuracy, reliability, completeness of currency of the information in thispublication nor its usefulness in achieving any purpose.Readers are responsible for assessing the relevance and accuracy of the content of thispublication.Nuffield Ireland will not be liable for any loss, damage, cost or expense incurredor arising by reason of any person using or relying on the information in this publication.Products may be identified by proprietary or trade names to help readers identify particulartypes of products but this is not, and is not intended to be, an endorsement or recommendationof any product or manufacturer referred to.Other products may perform as well or better thanthose specifically referred to.This publication is copyright.However, Nuffield Ireland encourages wide dissemination of itsresearch, providing the organisation is clearly acknowledged.For any enquiries concerningreproduction or acknowledgement contact the Executive Secretary.Scholar Contact DetailsKarol KissaneTullahinnell, Ballylongford, Co. KerryPhone: +353879805588Email: [email protected]In submitting this report, the Scholar has agreed to Nuffield Ireland publishing this material inits edited form.NUFFIELD IRELAND Contact DetailsJohn TyrrellExecutive Secretary, Nuffield IrelandPhone:+353-87-256 3501Email:[email protected]
31Executive SummaryMore people live in urban centres rather than rural areas, and this will increase to 2/3rds of theworld’spopulation by 2050. This contributes to an ever-growing disconnect between primaryproducers of agricultural products and its consumers.The challenge for agriculture is to engage the population to facilitate a better understanding ofwhat it does, and help it to feed a growing population, while protecting biodiversity andreducing agricultures effects on climate change.To change perceptions, positive experiences must be introduced from a young age and repeatedregularly. The school system offers the best opportunity to reach a wide audience of youngpeople. There is the opportunity to incorporate agricultural examples into the teaching of othersubjects.Using creativity and new technologies can ensure engagement and a positive perception ofagriculturein children’s minds, while also facilitating the development of critical thinking froma young age.The keyobjectives of this studywere to examine:1.

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