The Vocational Psychology of Agriculture: Fiat Panis

McIlveen, Peter ORCID: and McDonald, Nicole (2019) The Vocational Psychology of Agriculture: Fiat Panis. In: International Handbook of Career Guidance. Springer Nature, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 459-474. ISBN 9783030251529


Agriculture is intrinsic to humanity. Sustainable production of food and fibre is literally vital to the human population and the earth’s environmental integrity. From the primary source to the consumer, agriculture involves the work of millions of people working in a vast variety of occupations and industries. Psychology can and should contribute to sustainable agriculture by way of research, development, and practices that effect the attraction, retention, and engagement of workers in occupations embedded in the international value chain, including semi-skilled, trade, and professional work. We argue that vocational psychology has the scientific, technical, and professional resources to make a substantial contribution to agriculture. We conceptualise the “vocational psychology of agriculture” in terms of the Sustainable Development Goals, the paradigmatic lens of the Psychology of Working, and the Social Cognitive Career Theory, and propose an agenda for research and development.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2020 06:51
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2020 04:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: psychology, agriculture, sustainable development, vocational psychology, career development
Fields of Research (2008): 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070199 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management not elsewhere classified
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
Fields of Research (2020): 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3002 Agriculture, land and farm management > 300299 Agriculture, land and farm management not elsewhere classified
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520104 Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390308 Technical, further and workplace education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940599 Work and Institutional Development not elsewhere classified
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
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