Farm visits and the Scottish primary school curriculum

Mattu, L., Wood, B. , Rinaldi, C. and Roberts, D. (2013) Farm visits and the Scottish primary school curriculum. In: SERA 38th Annual Conference Widening Horizons: Scottish Research in a Global Context, Glasgow, UK, 20-21 Nov 2013,

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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?

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Rinaldi, Mr Carlo and Mattu, Ms Leanne and Wood, Dr Bethan
Authors: Mattu, L., Wood, B., Rinaldi, C., and Roberts, D.
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
605911Mains of Loirston PhDBethan WoodMains of Loriston Charitable Trust (MOLCT)UNSPECIFIEDIS - INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES