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Towards an interactive agricultural science

Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
N. R”ling (main author / Department of Communication and Innovation Studies, Wageningen Agricultural University), Department of Communication and Innovation Studies, Wageningen Agricultural University
Journal article
Publication Date:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois Box: 103
Subject Term:
agricultural research, communication barriers, cooperation, development issues, information issues, participation, rural development, social factors, theory
In all, a constructivist epistemology leads to a completely different approach that includes the conventional one, but ultimately leads to very different choices. I call this approach "interactive agricultural science". Box 2 sums up its main features. Interactive agricultural science is internally consistent. Just as the conventional paradigm, it embraces a whole range of mutually related elements at various levels of abstraction, from epistemology to the practical points of departure for rewarding desired scientific work and for training students. The challenge to agricultural science is together to further construct and operationalise this paradigm. That, as I hope to have made clear, is a condition for achieving our new mission: to contribute to a change in direction which saves us from becoming Norsemen in Greenland.