Approaching initiatives stimulating sustainable farming as characteristics of learning practices.

Laure Triste, Fleur Marchand, Joke Vandenabeele, Lies Debruyne, Ine Coteur, Ludwig Lauwers

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Sustainable development can be described as ‘wicked problem’ without fixed end goals or templates to achieve it. Suggestions to start challenging our existing practice resulted in a number of initiatives stimulating farmers to increase the sustainability of their farming practices. These initiatives are very diverse with respect to the actors involved, the tools used, the setting in
which it takes place, etc. The contestable, normatively and revolutionary concept of sustainability calls for learning as an essential element of projects and practices seeking contribution to a sustainable development. Insights on how and if these initiatives influence the sustainable development of farming practices are lacking. Therefore we try to find out the kind of learning necessary
to achieve a sustainable development of farming practices through literature on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and educational practices. Based on a framework of Lankester, we ordered a non-limitative list of characteristics of educational processes mentioned in literature in categories ‘who learns’, ‘why is learned’, ‘how is learned’, ‘what is learned’. These characteristics will be used to analyze four cases where farmers are stimulated to increase the sustainability of their farm. Two of these initiatives are located in The Netherlands (Veldleeuwerik’ and ‘Koeien en kansen’) and two are located in Belgium (‘Beloftevol Boeren’ and ‘Boerenbond duurzaamheidstraject’). Based on this analysis, we derive recommendations on how the educational
dynamic within these practices can be further stimulated and farmers learn to deal with sustainability as a wicked problem.
Translated title of the contributionDe benadering van initiatieven voor duurzame ontwikkeling van landbouw als karakteristieken van leerpraktijken
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIFSA Conference proceedings
Number of pages10
Publication date2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event11th European IFSA Symposium - Berlijn, Germany
Duration: 1-Apr-20144-Apr-2014


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