At the heart of Agricultural Education and Toulouse University Campus, on the outskirts of Toulouse, France’s second largest university town, the École Nationale Supérieure de Formation de l’Enseignement Agricole (ENSFEA) is situated on a privileged site. Founded in 1963, ENSFEA is one of 15 State institutes of higher agricultural education in France, “une Grande Ecole”. At the very core of the agro-veterinary « Toulouse Agri Campus », ENSFEA combines, in an original way, skills in the domain of agro-biosciences, and in social sciences and humanities. Its prime mission is to provide initial an on-going professional training for teachers in State vocational agricultural schools as well as to support innovative projects in science and agricultural education. ENSFEA is also engaged in research and support for technology transfer and in a variety of international cooperation activities. ENSFEA is intimately concerned with all the important issues in society: sustainable development, health and food security, the evolution of professional skills and knowledge, the impact of information and communication technologies.
The ENSFEA French team has developed, since the 90s, a significant program of research on the introduction of socio-scientific issues (SSI) in education. They have extensive experience in international research projects, including through participation in three European programs on the teaching of biotechnology. The French team is currently a partner of 3 French programs: anANR partner program on education for sustainable development, 2 programs to elaborate new teaching methods on the issue of the reduction of pesticides and on the issue of animal welfare. They are also involved in a Franco-Australian program on “Exploring socio-scientific issues through digital technology: The impact of context and culture”.
ENSFEA has hosted the 5th consortium meeting in Month 40.