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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Select, integrate and critically evaluate extension theories, approaches tools and policy in a complex setting 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
253024  Select, integrate and critically evaluate extension theories, approaches tools and policy in a complex setting 
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 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7  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 
The learner achieving this unit standard will be able to:
  • Identify and select appropriate extension approaches for varied situations in a complex setting.
  • Evaluate the methods of assessing, analysing and interpreting situations for which extension approaches would be selected.
  • Evaluate extension theories, approaches and tools.
  • Evaluate extension policy in a given framework.
  • Disseminate results of evaluations to promote learning. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner attempting this unit standard has the following knowledge in place:
  • Unit Standard Level 6: Understand, select and apply appropriate extension approaches in a simple setting. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Extension refers to but is not limited to actions, activities, processes, programmes, projects (with a particular reference to the contribution/role of agriculture) aimed at improving the socio-economic situation/condition of a community.
  • Range of recipients: Recipients refers to but is not limited to groups, supervisors, communities, community leaders, learners, colleagues.
  • Single work area/simple setting refers to but is not limited to a geographical area of responsibility, single discipline, or specific target audience.
  • Extension approaches refers to but is not limited to theories, approaches, methods and functions of extension.
  • Stakeholders: refers to but is not limited to any person, group, structure, institution, organisation, etc. which has a stake in (has an interest in/influences or is influenced by) extension in a particular community/-ies.
  • Complex work area/settings refers to but is not limited to multiple geographic areas, number of disciplines, duration of strategy, and multiplicity of strategies, whole and interlinking systems varied situations refers to but is not limited to varied agricultural production modes, agriculture-related business and socio-economic settings. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify and select appropriate extension approaches for varied situations in a complex setting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Varied situations are described, analysed and interpreted to identify needs and opportunities for intervention. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Extension approaches and extension tools are selected to respond to identified needs and opportunities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An integrated extension intervention using the selected approaches is designed to maximise the potential for addressing the identified needs and opportunities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Expected outcomes and indicators of the integrated intervention are consistent with the identified needs and opportunities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The integrated intervention is recorded in the required format. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Evaluate the methods of assessing, analysing and interpreting situations for which extension approaches would be selected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Objectives and criteria for evaluating assessment methodologies are identified to establish a framework for evaluation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A framework for evaluating assessment methodologies is developed based on the identified objectives and criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Assessment methodologies are evaluated using the framework. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Conclusions from the evaluation are drawn showing critical thinking. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Recommendations for improving methods for assessing, analysing and interpreting situations are developed in accordance with the evaluation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Evaluate extension theories, approaches and tools keeping stakeholder interest in mind. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Objectives and criteria for evaluating extension theories, approaches and tools are identified to establish a framework for evaluation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A framework for evaluating extension theories, approaches and tools is developed based on the identified objectives and criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Extension theories and approaches are evaluated using the framework. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Conclusions from the evaluation are drawn showing critical thinking. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Recommendations for improving extension theories, approaches and tools are developed in accordance with the evaluation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Evaluate extension policy in a given framework. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Objectives and criteria for evaluating extension policy are identified to establish a framework for evaluation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A framework for evaluating extension policy is developed based on the identified objectives and criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Extension policy is evaluated using the framework. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Conclusions from the evaluation are drawn showing critical thinking. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Recommendations for improving extension policy are developed in accordance with the evaluation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Disseminate results of evaluations to promote learning. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Various stakeholders are identified and assessed to determine with whom the results of the evaluation should be shared. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The selected stakeholders are assessed to determine the most appropriate means of disseminating the results evaluations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The identified means of dissemination is formulated in a format that is relevant to the selected stakeholders and that promotes learning. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The results of the evaluation are shared with the selected stakeholders in a manner that encourages two-way learning. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Learning from the selected stakeholders is incorporated into the evaluation results to refine future evaluations. 


    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: critical evaluation, evaluation methods, frameworks for evaluation, extension approaches and extension tools.
  • Purposes of critical evaluation, evaluation methods, frameworks for evaluation, extension approaches and extension tools.
  • Characteristics of critical evaluation, evaluation methods, frameworks for evaluation, extension approaches and extension tools.
  • Policy frameworks impacting on extension, agriculture and development.
  • Effect of the appropriate/inappropriate choice of extension approaches and tools; and of methods and frameworks for evaluation. 

  • 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 agricultural issues. 

    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 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  59550   National Certificate: Agricultural Extension  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  59529   Bachelor of Agriculture Honours: Extension  Level 7  NQF Level 08  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2018-06-30   


    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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