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Title:Learning about Sustainability and Gender through Farmer Field Schools in the Taita Hills, Kenya
Authors:Naijar, D.
Spaling, H.
Sinclair, S.
Year:2013
Periodical:International Journal of Educational Development
Volume:33
Issue:5
Pages:466-475
Geographic term:Kenya
Discipline:Education
Subjects:Taita Hills
Agriculture - extension
Gender
Abstract:This research uses transformative learning theory to explore how Farmers Field Schools (FFS) of the Taita Hills, Kenya have contributed to environmental sustainability, with a particular focus on gendered learning. Both genders experienced transformations in their meaning schemes related to farming (e.g., men and women switched their traditional roles in tillage and planting). A significant change in meaning perspective occurred among men who overcame personal biases and a cultural practice of land inheritance for males to now include their daughters. More research is needed to explore how all participants (farmers, extension agents, scientists) could enhance sustainability efforts and gender equality through agricultural participatory education projects such as FFS. (Journal Abstract).
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