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Teacher guide From Citrus to almonds

TLF ID M020823

This is a unit of work about the Australian almond industry. It contains a inquiry sequence that includes: background on the almond industry, a short case study of an Australian almond orchard that has transitioned from citrus to almonds; an data analysis activity exploring the growth of the Australian almond industry and an extension activity introducing the concept of free trade agreements in relation to this industry. The final culminating activity calls for students to research and prepare a report on the industry’s viability and growth prospects over the next 10 to 20 years. A. This report can be used as an assessment task. The unit provides background information, pedagogical advice and a list of online resources for teachers as well as detailed task sheets for students. It is accompanied by a video of the same name describing why a Riverland farmer decided to switch to almonds and how almond production is managed.

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Educational value
  • This is an excellent resource for studies of a burgeoning agricultural industry in 21st century Australia in the context of both strands of the year 10 economics and business curriculum. In the Knowledge and understanding strand, the second, third and fourth sections of the unit, especially the research element in the report assignment, are particularly relevant for the content description that refers to the ways businesses respond to changing economic conditions and improve productivity.
  • The report assignment is also of significant value for the Economics and business skills strand and supports almost all its content descriptions. It is especially valuable for content descriptions that refer to developing questions and hypotheses about an economic or business issue and conducting an investigation; gathering relevant and reliable data and information; analysing them to make predictions; presenting reasoned arguments and evidence-based conclusions; and reflecting on intended and unintended consequences of business decisions.
  • The third section of the unit exemplifies how the economics and business curriculum calls for student development of the numeracy general capability. The various activities in this section draw upon statistical knowledge developed in earlier years of schooling and provide a practical and engaging application of knowledge and skill in data interpretation. 
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  • © AgriFood Skills Australia 2015. Except where indicated otherwise, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia license