Social Science in Forestry Curricula: A Case Study of Colombia Forestry Programs
AbstractTropical forest management depends greatly on complex social interactions. To understand the underlying human causes of deforestation and to plan forest management, it is of great importance to incorporate social science in the study of forestry. There is insufficient information about the incorporation of social sciences in undergraduate forestry programs. Foresters are well prepared in ecology, silviculture, forest measurements, and operational topics such as logging, but their knowledge of basic elements of social sciences is limited. This study explored the extent to which tertiary forestry education programs in Colombia include social science. It also examined students’ perceptions of social sciences courses in the curriculum. About 10% of course credits are in economics, administration, and foreign language, courses on social science are listed as optional. A high percentage of current sophomore (fifth semester), junior, and senior students do not have clear knowledge of basic social research methods, although a majority have used social science techniques at some point in their academic careers. View Full-Text
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Villarraga-Flórez, L.F.; Rodríguez-Piñeros, S.; Martínez-Cortés, O.G. Social Science in Forestry Curricula: A Case Study of Colombia Forestry Programs. Sustainability 2016, 8, 36.
Villarraga-Flórez LF, Rodríguez-Piñeros S, Martínez-Cortés OG. Social Science in Forestry Curricula: A Case Study of Colombia Forestry Programs. Sustainability. 2016; 8(1):36.Chicago/Turabian Style
Villarraga-Flórez, Liz F.; Rodríguez-Piñeros, Sandra; Martínez-Cortés, Oscar G. 2016. "Social Science in Forestry Curricula: A Case Study of Colombia Forestry Programs." Sustainability 8, no. 1: 36.
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