Teaching to Learn and Learning to Teach: Education in Rangeland Ecology and Management
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CitationTanaka, J., Call, C., Abbott, L., & Hickman, K. (2012). Teaching to learn and learning to teach: education in rangeland ecology and management. Rangelands, 34(3), 3-6.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
AbstractTeaching in our rangeland ecology and management discipline is continuously evolving to address emerging issues and meet the needs of our students and their potential employers. The core curriculum in many range science education programs is strongly influenced by current accreditation standards set by the Society for Range Management (SRM). These are based upon the standards developed by the Range Science Education Council (RSEC) and federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for employment as rangeland management specialists with federal land management agencies (GS-0454 series). However, a recent survey of range professionals revealed some gaps between what our students are learning and what potential employers and other stakeholders need and value. These findings prompted RSEC to begin a fresh examination of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed by modern rangeland professionals, and our educational approaches to address these needs.