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Have Agri-Food Institutions Learned from the Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)

  • Author / Creator
    Song, Ge
  • In this study, representatives (n=18) from Alberta agri-food institutions were interviewed to understand the institutional learning practices that were employed following the outbreak of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in May, 2003. Based on theoretical frameworks derived from reflexive modernization and transformative learning, this research reviewed the learning practices among different agri-food institutions in government and industry and concluded that one aspect of transformative learning, instrumental learning took place in most institutions. However, the other aspect of transformative learning, communicative learning did not occur in agri-food institutions. The study concluded the absence of communicative learning can be attributed to a lack of a rational discourse and inadequate institutional reflexivity. Based on these findings, several recommendations are offered to enhance aspects of communicative learning within agri-food institutions.

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  • Graduation date
    2012-09
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3X01M
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology
  • Specialization
    • Rural Sociology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Parkins, John (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
    • Davidson, Debra (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Davidson, Debra (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
    • Parkins, John (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
    • Plastow, Graham (Agricultural Food and Nutritional Science)
    • Jones, Kevin (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)