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Fertile ground: attitudes towards teaching food, farming and the natural environment

This report summarises existing literature to understand more about teachers' awareness around food, farming and the natural environment, as well as their motivations to teach about them and the level to which they are able to do so. 

Fertile ground: attitudes towards teaching food, farming and the natural environment

This research was conducted by DJS Research on behalf of the Countryside Classroom consortium.

 
Careers in Farming & Food Supply

“Careers in Farming & Food Supply” has carried out benchmarking research with secondary aged students in order to gain a better understanding of their views about careers advice in general and more specifically with regard to the farming and food supply industries.

iconCareers in Farming & Food Supply - 2011  (3mb)

Find out more about the Careers in Farming & Food Supply initiative.

 
Benchmarking the views of children on food, farming and countryside issues - June 2011

How much do children understand about food and farming, and how do they learn more?

Children aged from 7 to 15 were asked about their attitudes to various aspects of food, farming and the countryside. 2500 children from 65 schools completed online questionnaires and there were 11 discussion groups. The research covered England, Scotland and Wales and included children from urban, suburban and rural areas with varying abilities and backgrounds. Similar research was carried out in 2006/7 and 2008.

This research was commissioned by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) which was the primary funder, in conjunction with Farming & Countryside Education (FACE).

icon Benmarking the views of children on food, farming and the countryside issues - June 2011 (5mb)
 
Benchmarking the views of children on food, farming and countryside issues - August 2008

The Year of Food and Farming, with financial support from EBLEX, have commissioned research with children and young people aged 7-16 to explore their perceptions of food, farming and countryside issues. The findings from this survey with 1619 children will help to update previous research from 2006-07, establishing changes that may have taken place over the course of the year.

icon Childwise Report Primary 2008 (660.39 kB)

 
Every Child Matters Final Research Summary

An evidence based review on the role of Learning Outside the Classroom for children’s whole development from birth to eighteen years.

icon Every Child Matters Final Research Summary (25.49 kB)

icon Every Experience Matters (5.96 MB)

 
Benchmarking the views of young children on Food, Farming and the Countryside issues - March 2007

This report examines data from a quantitative stage of research among primary school children aged 7-11 years, conducted on behalf of Farming & Countryside Education (FACE).
Following an initial stage of qualitative research in February 2007, which involved focus groups in England and Wales, a self-completion questionnaire was developed to measure the views and opinions of young children across Great Britain.
The research focuses on the three specific areas of interest, food, farming and the countryside, and mirrors the methodology and content of research carried out among 11-16 years in autumn 2006, allowing comparisons across the age range.

icon Stage 2 Quantitative Research (792.68 kB)

 
Benchmarking the views of young children on Food, Farming and Countryside issues - February 2007

This report examines the findings from an initial qualitative stage of research among primary school children aged 7-11 years, conducted on behalf of Farming &
Countryside Education (FACE). This research looks at children’s knowledge and views about food, farming and the countryside, and provides a basis for a second quantitative stage.
The research mirrors the methodology and content of research carried out among 11-16 years in autumn 2006, allowing comparability across the age range.

icon Stage 1 - Qualatative Research (2.61 MB)

 
Benchmarking the views of young people on Food, Farming and Countryside issues - January 2007

Farming and Countryside Education (FACE) recognises that young people require a better understanding of where their food comes from, and how it is produced and grown. This research was commissioned to establish and monitor the views and opinions of 11-16 year olds towards food, farming and the countryside, to inform the future development of interesting and inspiring educational initiatives.
Previous research carried out in March 2003 provides a benchmark, and this second round of research follows a similar format to allow for consistency and comparability.
Changes were made to cover current topics of interest and high profile issues.
Following quantitative research in October 2006, involving focus groups in England and Wales, a self-completion questionnaire was developed to measure the views and opinions amongst young people aged 11-16.
Focusing on the three specific areas of interest, food, farming and the countryside – the questionnaire was designed to establish the views of young people, evaluate any differences, and assess what differences, if any, are due to resources, activities and experience.

icon Stage 2 - Quantitative Research - January 2007 (969.3 kB)

 
Benchmarking the views of young children on Food, Farming and Countryside issues - October 2006

Farming and Countryside Education (FACE) recognises that children require a better understanding of where their food comes from, and how it is produced and grown.
This research was commissioned to establish and monitor the views and opinions of 11-16 year olds towards food, farming and the countryside, to inform the future development of interesting and inspiring educational initiatives.
Previous research carried out in March 2003 provides a benchmark, and this second stage of research follows a similar format to allow for consistency and comparability.
Changes were made to cover current topics of interest and high profile issues. The results from this initial qualitative stage will be used to guide the development of the subsequent quantitative study in November 2006.
Focusing on the three specific areas of interest, food, farming and the countryside - the qualitative research was conducted among children in the target age range to establish their views, evaluate any differences, and assess what differences, if any, are due to resources, activities and experience.

icon Stage 1 - Qualitative Research - October 2006 (506.72 kB)