|Primary School Agriculture: Volume I: Pedagogy (GTZ, 1985, 144 p.)|
|Part II: Teaching methods|
|5. Special problems related to school farm work|
Work on the school farm presents a number of problems not usually present in other classroom or outdoor activities. They are:
- tools and equipment,
- record keeping,
- farm care during holidays,
- income derived from the farm.
Tools should be selected on the principle of low cost and the use of local tools as far as this is possible.
Record keeping has been and still is being taught extensively during teacher training. The list of records includes
the Farm Diary,
the Labour Summary,
the Crop Yield Record,
the Cash Account.
The scientific approach proposed here means that two more records are needed, the observation chart, discussed in section 4.2.2, and a record of all experiments done. The use of the Labour Summary for teaching has been dealt with in the sub-unit "Planning Maize Farming", contained in Part III, p. 121. We shall not go into record keeping in any more detail but will confine this section to farm care and income.