Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Teaching Agribusiness in Practice

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Mathematics and Science Education

DESCRIPTION This study-unit helps the student-teacher ensure that the learning needs of all young people and adults are met through equitable access to appropriate learning (Goal 3 – Dakar Framework) and improve all aspects of the quality of education (Goal 6 – Dakar Framework), while focusing on a) Curriculum differentiation in Agribusiness education; b) Methods of Presentation, Methods of Practice and Performance & Methods of Assessment.

Furthermore, it supports students in interpreting and preparing to teach:
- B.2 Unit 1: Plant and Soil Science (MATSEC syllabus) and design appropriate resources for the associated learning outcomes specified in the Matsec syllabus;
- B.3 Unit 2: Aquatic and Land Based Production (MATSEC syllabus) and design appropriate resources for the associated learning outcomes specified in the Matsec syllabus;
- B.4 Unit 3: Rabbit Care and Genetics (MATSEC syllabus) and design appropriate resources for the following learning outcomes specified in the Matsec syllabus.

Furthermore, it fills in student gaps in knowledge (pertaining to Plant and Soil Science, Aquatic and Land Based Production, and Rabbit Care and Genetics) since the feeder groups will have different specialisations and revise their knowledge and skills.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aims of this study-unit are:
- To provide the student teacher with an opportunity to experiment in the reality of the school within a ‘safe’ and supported environment and discuss, critically reflect, share ideas and experiences with fellow students and a tutor/mentor.;
- To enable student-teachers to acquire basic classroom teaching competence to do satisfactory work from the start of the career;
- To prepare student teachers for situations where they will need to keep on learning on their own, on the basis of classroom experience;
- To enable students from one feeder group to familiarise themselves with the content and pedagogy as related to another feeder group, and thus ensure strong competencies across all required topics.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Identify good practices in the teaching of aquatic and land based protection, rabbit care and genetics, and plant and soil science;
- Critically discuss local curricular topics and issues pertaining to rabbit care and genetics (agribusiness), plant and soil science (agribusiness), and aquatic and land based protection (agribusiness);
- Plan lessons intended to engage students into thinking critically about local curricular topics and issues pertaining to agribusiness.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Apply classroom teaching/management skills and strategies as pertaining to vocational teaching and learning;
- Apply interpersonal and reflective skills for cooperative work in schools as professional communities of practice;
- Demonstrate critical attitudes towards one’s professional actions;
- Demonstrate the capability of adapting plans and practices to contexts and students’ needs.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Reference Book: Handbook on Agricultural Education in Public Schools 6th Edition by Lloyd J Phipps (Author), Edward W Osborne (Author), James E. Dyer (Author), Anna L Ball (Author). Publisher: Delmar Publications. Published: 2008.
- Lecturer's Notes.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Portfolio Yes 30%
Reflective Diary Yes 30%
Assignment Yes 40%


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