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Place-Based Picture Books as an Adult Learning Tool: Supporting Agricultural Learning in Papua New Guinea

  • Simoncini K
  • Pamphilon B
  • Mikhailovich K
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This article describes the rationale, development, and outcomes of two place-based, dual-language picture books with agricultural messages for women farmers and their families in Papua New Guinea. The purpose of the books was to disseminate better agricultural and livelihood practices to women farmers with low literacy. The books were designed and illustrated in collaboration with women farmers from two provinces. Evaluation data were collected through focus groups with local peer educators (village community educators [VCEs]). The VCEs reported changes in family practices related to marketing, budgeting, and saving that reflected messages in the books. The books helped the VCEs who had received livelihood and agricultural training to recall and implement the training in addition to sharing their knowledge. Farmers with low literacy were able to access the messages through the illustrations. Such place-based picture books are a powerful medium for low literacy women farmers and their families to learn about and reinforce positive livelihood and agricultural practices.

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Simoncini, K., Pamphilon, B., & Mikhailovich, K. (2017). Place-Based Picture Books as an Adult Learning Tool: Supporting Agricultural Learning in Papua New Guinea. Adult Learning, 28(2), 61–68. https://doi.org/10.1177/1045159516668815

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