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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Facilitate behaviour change and innovation in extension 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252897  Facilitate behaviour change and innovation in extension 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Agricultural Extension 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Primary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  20 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will contribute to the qualitative development of learners by providing skills and knowledge on guiding communities towards the establishment of sustainable community structures.

The learner will be able to relate to the different needs and sentiments of a specific community as it relates to extension. In addition the learner will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of extension or management and practice at higher levels.

The learner achieving this unit standard will be able to:
  • Apply the fundamentals, theories, and processes of behaviour change.
  • Assess, analyse and interpret situations for which behaviour change interventions would be applied.
  • Select and apply appropriate behaviour change interventions for varied situations among clientele in a simple setting.
  • Select and apply the essential behaviour change tools.
  • Apply the fundamentals, theories, and processes of diffusion of innovations.
  • Apply the fundamentals, theories, and processes of participatory technology innovation/development.
  • Apply the fundamentals, theories, and processes of decision-making among clientele.
  • Engage with assessment/evaluation of behaviour change.
  • Create a foundation for effective extension delivery. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners attempting this unit standard will have the following knowledge in place:
  • Basic understanding of what behaviour change is.
  • Basic understanding of the principles and purposes of behaviour change.
  • Basic understanding of the range of behaviour change interventions.
  • Basic understanding of decision-making and decision-making processes.
  • Basic understanding of innovation (e.g. technology development in agriculture). 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Clientele: Refers to but is not limited to farmers, communities, community leaders, learners.
  • Extension setting: Refers to but is not limited to individual, group and mass extension.
  • Single work area/simple setting: Refers to but is not limited to a geographical area of responsibility, single discipline, or specific target audience.
  • Varied situations: Refer to but are not limited to varied agricultural production modes, rural enterprise development and socio-economic settings.
  • Behaviour change: Refers to but is not limited to theories, approaches, methods and functions of extension. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Apply the theories and processes of behaviour change in an extension setting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Situations are assessed, analysed and interpreted to establish the parameters of a behaviour change intervention. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Behaviour change interventions and tools are selected and applied in accordance with the requirements to of the situation analysed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Outcomes of the intervention are evaluated in terms of the anticipated outcomes of the intervention. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Apply the theories and processes of diffusion and adoption of innovations in varied situations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Diffusion and adoption interventions are assessed, analysed and interpreted for specific situations where it would be applicable. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Diffusion and adoption interventions and tools are selected and applied in accordance with the requirements to of the situation analysed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Outcomes of the intervention are evaluated in terms of the anticipated outcomes of the intervention. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply the theories and processes of participatory technology innovation/development in varied settings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Participatory technology innovation/development are assessed, analysed and interpreted for a given situation and context in order to test the relevance of the technology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Participatory technology innovation/development and tools are selected and applied in accordance with the requirements to of the situation analysed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Outcomes of the intervention are evaluated in terms of the anticipated outcomes of the intervention. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply the theories and processes of decision-making amongst clientele. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Situations for which decision-making interventions would be applied are assessed, analysed and interpreted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Decision-making interventions and tools are selected and applied in accordance with the requirements to of the situation analysed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Outcomes of the intervention are evaluated in terms of the anticipated outcomes of the intervention. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed, (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    A demonstrated understanding of:
  • Concepts: Behaviour change, technology, technology development, innovation, participation, diffusion, adoption, decision making.
  • Purposes of: Behaviour change, technology, technology development, innovation, participation, diffusion, adoption, decision making.
  • Characteristics of: Behaviour change, technology, technology development, innovation, participation, diffusion, adoption, decision making.
  • Relevance of behaviour change, technology, technology development, innovation, participation, diffusion, adoption, decision making to extension.
  • Effect of the appropriate/inappropriate choice of interventions and tools.
  • Environment and conservation legal and policy frameworks as they relate to technology in agriculture/rural development. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking to address behaviour change and innovation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when participating on project teams. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organize and manage one-self and activities when participating as project team member. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect and organise information when delivering reports. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively and responsibly with stakeholders and the community and when reporting problem areas. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology when assessing and evaluating behaviour change and innovation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems when transferring technology from one entity to the other. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Be culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts when interacting and communicating with communities. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  63249   National Diploma: Agricultural Extension  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  59550   National Certificate: Agricultural Extension  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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