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Securing Syria’s academic knowledge and industrial future through participatory action research: a case study of agricultural engineering education

Abdullateef, Shaher, Parkinson, Tom (2017) Securing Syria’s academic knowledge and industrial future through participatory action research: a case study of agricultural engineering education. In: Higher Education Rising to the Challenge: Balancing expectations of students, society and stakeholders. Society for Research in higher education Annual conference, 6-8 December 2017, Newport, Wales, UK. (Submitted) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Syrian higher education has been severely damaged by the ongoing conflict, with disastrous effects on the nation’s knowledge base, academic infrastructure and training provision. This presentation reports on a participatory action research project structured around a proposed strategic intervention for delivering tertiary-level e-learning to agricultural engineering students, alongside farmers and other professional stakeholders such as United Nations agencies, NGOs and local organisations. Through collaboration within the e-learning environment, the learning community engages in activities across the action research trialectic of research, capacity-building and practice (Senge and Scharmer, 2001: 40). Contextual factors such as the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis are discussed. The programme aims are set out, and the cyclical action research methodology is outlined. Anticipated challenged are addressed, and solutions proposed. Finally, the projects wider implications for educational interventions in crisis contexts are considered.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: Syria, e-learning, distance learning, agricultural engineering, conflict, crisis, higher education
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Faculties > University wide - Teaching/Research Groups > Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Depositing User: Tom Parkinson
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2018 16:25 UTC
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 08:26 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/70553 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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