Wetenschap - 6 april 1995

Bilingual Colloquium a First

Bilingual Colloquium a First

Jennifer Buckley's March 28th colloquium given simultaneously in English and Dutch, was the first of its kind for the MSc programme in Ecological Agriculture. The American student, (1993-1995) in the Ecological Agriculture programme, created a research project to find out the priorities of residents in terms of the landscapes around them in the Netherlands.

She focused specifically upon the Wageningen neighbourhood group Groengroep de Nude and another neighbourhood in Haarlem. Some of the people interviewed wanted to attend the colloquium, but were not comfortable following English. Recognizing that MSc students who could not understand Dutch would also attend, Jennifer came up with a compromise: overhead projector notes in English, which she described in Dutch. It would have been stupid to exclude the research participants just because of the English," she explains. Together with slides, the bilingual presentation was a look at the surrounding nature landscape priorities of residents. Jennifer continues You could say that residents in apartment buildings want more flexibility in use of the surrounding grounds, and not just prickly shrubs surrounded by a wire. In order for people to want to go outside, spaces need to be created so that people are encouraged to experience nature. In de Nude, this means nego
tiating with the municipality to remove the bushes, so the people can create gardens."

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