EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE HORTICULTURE

A.A. Monteiro
Horticulture is regarded differently according to the developmental stage of a country and therefore growers may be set quite different goals, such as: nourishing the local populations in situations of extreme poverty; producing food as efficiently as possible to compete in the global market, or diversifying to non-food production activities in highly developed societies. Horticultural systems are quite diverse across the world and are changing, driven by economic development and market globalisation. All these changes enormously challenge the role of education, which has to provide information, knowledge and practice. This article examines the role of higher agricultural education (universities and colleges) for providing an adequate education for those who will be enrolled in modern horticulture. The focus on technical information gives way to the need to strengthen the socio-economic component e.g. ecological, ethical and social dimensions of horticulture. The excess of information is handled by emphasising critical thinking skills, problem-solving attitudes and decision-making, and by creating innovative learning environments. Horticulturists well prepared to continuous updating become life-long learners. Modern horticultural education requires teaching staff to combine the mastery of their subject matters together with good didactical and communication skills. Education in horticulture is difficult and complex but it is the best long-term investment for sustainable development.
Monteiro, A.A. (2007). EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE HORTICULTURE. Acta Hortic. 762, 407-416
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2007.762.40
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2007.762.40
communication, knowledge, learning, teaching
English

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