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Eight newly-posted 2010 journal articles about agricultural communications. Here are eight journal articles now available online, in full text, from the Journal of Applied Communications:
You can read these articles in Volume 94, Issues 1-4.
"Cooking is like a hobby for me." Forty percent of 3,163 adults interviewed in a 2010 probability sampling throughout the United Kingdom agreed with that statement. Most (68 percent) said they enjoy cooking and preparing food. Among other findings of this extensive survey for the Food Standards Agency:
You can read full details of findings in this 90-page report.
Persistence of top-down communicating for development. "We remain surprised…by the persistence of the top-down, 'managerial' perspective in development research," said Renee Houston and Michele H. Jackson in a 2009 book we have added to the ACDC collection. The book is Development communication: reframing the role of the media. In their chapter they examined the relationship between technology and the context in which it exists.
"Research across disciplines generally acknowledges the biases, assumptions, and values that lie behind any development technology," they noted. These technologies may be material in nature, they observed, but "are not ahistorical, acontextual and value neutral."
Check with us at email@example.com if you would like help in gaining access to this book, or to thousands of other ACDC documents about development communication.
Interdisciplinary teaching helps horticulture students learn communication. A recent article in the Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education tells about a successful cross-discipline English course at Iowa State University. It was developed by English teachers, horticulture teachers and librarians. Together, they helped horticulture students comprehend the significance of finding information sources, evaluating information and communicating effectively. Authors concluded: “Assessment data and focus group discussions strongly validate students’ appreciation for an interdisciplinary approach to teaching communication and information literacy skills within the discipline.” (Devi Annamalai)
You can read the article here.
Using information technologies to identify rural food deserts. We hear more about "food deserts" in inner cities than in rural areas. However, we've added to the ACDC collection a recent article in Applied Geography about identifying food deserts in the primarily rural state of Vermont. Researchers Jesse McEntee and Julian Agyeman applied an innovative geographic information systems approach that identified 12 census tracts (equivalent to 4.5 percent of the state population) with inadequate geographic food access. Residents in those areas were a mean distance of 13.5 miles from food retailers.
"The interplays between geographic, economic and informational access dictate how people access food," the authors observed. (To access this article, please copy and paste this URL into your web browser: http://www.ruralgrocery.org/research/McEntee_&_Agyeman%202009.pdf)
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Memorable rural writing. We end this issue of ACDC News with the closing stanza of a poem by Henry Lawson, one of Australia's best-loved poets and storytellers. In his later years, he remembered one of his boyhood haunts in the goldfield area of New South Wales.
And I stood by that creek, ere the sunset grew cold,
When the leaves of the sheoaks are traced on the gold,
And I thought of the old things, and I thought of old folks,
Till I sighed in my heart to the sigh of the oaks;
For the years waste away like the waters that leak
Through the pebbles and sand of Eurunderee Creek.
You can read the poem here.
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