HORTICULTURAL EDUCATION, A NEW INITIATIVE
Traditionally horticultural education in universities has developed as an extension of agriculture. In this model the basic science core is followed by applied science and then by the horticultural subjects. We believe that this model is no longer appropriate and that with the information explosion it is essential that students are trained to obtain and to critically evaluate information to solve specific problems, rather than be provided with “facts” at lectures for rote learning. Our new horticultural degree programme attempts to provide students with a core of science, technology, and business, and then to allow specialisation in one of these options. An important part of the new programme is the development of good communication skills. The philosophy and implications of these changes are discussed.
Nichols, M. A. (1992). HORTICULTURAL EDUCATION, A NEW INITIATIVE. Acta Hortic. 292, 271-274