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The Image of Agriculture Education. Edition No. 1
VDM Publishing House, November 2010, Pages: 224
This study examines agricultural education in Botswana among students and teachers. Since independence in 1966 to the present time, agricultural production has declined from about 40 percent to about 3 percent. Harsh climatic conditions and a general ignorance about agriculture contribute to the restricted perception of agriculture and careers in this field. Individual and focus group interviews were conducted with agricultural teachers who had resigned and former graduates in four secondary schools and three postsecondary educational institutions (Botswana College of Agriculture, University of Botswana, and Tonota College of Education). Negative, positive and mixed images emerged that revealed some similar and some contradictory perceptions of agriculture education. The attrition of teachers also attracted attention because of their working conditions and their images of agricultural teaching. However, the phenomenon of teacher attrition is not unique to agriculture. Students and teachers had conflicting images concerning curriculum instruction..
Lecturer at the Botswana College of agriculture in the Agricultural Economics, Extension and Education department. Holds a BA and Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of Botswana and a Master of Education- Training and Development from Manchester University. Doctor of education from Murdoch University completed in September 2010.