10.5191/jiaee.2004.11203

 

 

Abstract

Lithuania is a country with a strong history of agriculture production and environmental protection. Agricultural education programs throughout the country offer agriculture instruction in numerous specialties related to agricultural production, agricultural economics, and environmental protection. Lithuanian agriculture teachers who participated in two in-service workshops offered by the American Professional Partnership for Lithuanian Education completed a survey about their perceptions of the ecological paradigm including production efficiency, economic viability, environmental sustainability, and social responsibility.

The Lithuanian agriculture teachers held strong beliefs towards agricultural production and the free market economy. They perceived the areas of environmental sustainability and social responsibility to be of utmost importance to the future of Lithuanian agriculture and rural communities. Respondents agreed that agricultural education programs should teach students about the interrelationships between agriculture, the environment, and the citizens of Lithuania.

Keywords: Lithuania, agricultural education, ecological, environmental

 

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