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dc.contributor.authorAhmed, Selena
dc.contributor.authorSclafani, Alexandra
dc.contributor.authorAquino, Estephanie
dc.contributor.authorKala, Shashwat
dc.contributor.authorBarias, Louise
dc.contributor.authorEeg, Jaime
dc.identifier.citationAhmed, Selena, Alexandra Sclafani, Estephanie Aquino, Shashwat Kala, Louise Barias, and Jaime Eeg. "Building student capacity to lead sustainability transitions in the food system through farm-based authentic research modules in sustainability sciences (FARMS)." Elementa-Science of the Anthropocene 5, no. 46 (August 2017): 1-17. DOI:
dc.description.abstractUndergraduate courses provide valuable opportunities to train and empower students with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to advance society in more sustainable directions. This article emphasizes the value of bridging primary scientific research with undergraduate education through the presentation of an integrated experiential learning and primary research model called Farm-based Authentic Research Modules in Sustainability Sciences (FARMS). FARMS are collaboratively designed with agricultural stakeholders through a community needs assessment on pressing food system issues and opportunities with the objective for faculty and students to jointly identify evidence-based management solutions. We illustrate the implementation of FARMS in an undergraduate course in Ecological Agriculture at Dartmouth College, NH where students assessed various agroecological solutions for managing plant vitality, weeds, soil quality, pests, pollinators, and biodiversity at the Dartmouth Organic Farm. Student reflections indicate that the FARMS course component was beneficial for understanding agroecological theories and concepts while also motivating involvement in sustainability sciences despite the challenges of primary research. Educator reflections noted that the FARMS pedagogical approach facilitated achieving course objectives to develop students\' ability for systems thinking, critical thinking, and interdisciplinarity while fostering students\' collaboration skills and overall motivation for creating change. Adopting the FARMS model should enable faculty in the sustainability sciences to serve as bridges between the learning, practicing, and scientific communities while supporting educational programming at student and community farms. Ultimately, it is expected that the implementation of FARMS will increase student capacity and prepare the next generation of leaders to address complex challenges of the food system using an evidence-based approach.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNSF Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education Program; NSF CNH BCS-1313775; NIH NIGMS Montana IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (NIH NIGMS 5P20GM103474-17);en_US
dc.rightsopen access CC BY 4.0en_US
dc.titleBuilding student capacity to lead sustainability transitions in the food system through farm-based authentic research modules in sustainability sciences (FARMS)en_US
mus.citation.journaltitleElementa-Science of the Anthropoceneen_US
mus.identifier.categoryLife Sciences & Earth Sciencesen_US
mus.identifier.categorySocial Sciencesen_US
mus.relation.collegeCollege of Education, Health & Human Developmenten_US
mus.relation.departmentHealth & Human Development.en_US
mus.relation.universityMontana State University - Bozemanen_US
mus.contributor.orcidAhmed, Selena|0000-0001-5779-0697en_US

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