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Collins, Susan M.; Kubin, Laurel L.; Fruhauf, Christine A.; Zander, Ann; Boyer, Luann K. – Journal of Extension, 2018
This article describes how Extension professionals and university faculty collaborated on the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a conference to address a key societal issue. Needs assessment and evaluation results are presented as well as an explanation of how results were used in planning future conferences. With limited Extension…
Descriptors: Extension Agents, Extension Education, Universities, College Faculty
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Stahl, Lizabeth A. B.; Behnken, Lisa M.; Breitenbach, Fritz R.; Miller, Ryan P.; Nicolai, David; Gunsolus, Jeffrey L. – Journal of Extension, 2016
University of Minnesota educators use an integrated pest management (IPM) survey conducted during private pesticide applicator training as an educational, needs assessment, and evaluation tool. By incorporating the IPM Assessment, as the survey is called, into a widely attended program and using TurningPoint audience response devices, Extension…
Descriptors: Needs Assessment, Poisoning, Extension Education, Audience Response Systems
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Gay, Keegan D.; Terry, Bryan; Lamm, Alexa J. – Journal of Extension, 2015
Diversity in learning options can increase efficacy of volunteer development systems. The University of Florida Critical Thinking Inventory (UFCTI) is designed to explicate an individual's critical thinking style based upon a continuum from Seeking Information to Engagement. Static and interpretive materials are best used with individuals of a…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Volunteer Training, Thinking Skills, Cognitive Style
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Bailey, Nikki; Hill, Alexandra; Arnold, Shannon – Journal of Extension, 2014
The purpose of the study reported here was to examine the educational resources used by Montana State University Extension county agents. An online survey was administered to evaluate agents' informational needs. Agents reported client questions (93.8%) and program/workshop planning and presentations (91.7%) as the main reasons for seeking…
Descriptors: Extension Agents, Extension Education, Information Seeking, Cognitive Style
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Hermann, Janice; Parker, Stephany; Phelps, Josh; Brown, Barbara – Journal of Extension, 2011
Extension is positioned to provide school-based nutrition education programs as required by the 2004 Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act. To enhance program acceptance and sustainability, it is important to consider school administrators' and teachers' interests and preferences regarding nutrition education programming. The project…
Descriptors: Scheduling, Extension Education, Nutrition, Elementary School Teachers
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Barnes, James; Lachapelle, Paul – Journal of Extension, 2011
We explain in this article the need for board training in rural America irrespective of industry or government sector. We discuss how an assessment of training needs has led to the launch of a new project called the National Board Basics Curriculum (NBBC) project. In this project, we have identified four key core competencies that every board…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Extension Education, Rural Areas, Public Sector
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Larese-Casanova, Mark – Journal of Extension, 2011
The Utah Master Naturalist Program trains citizens who provide education, outreach, and service to promote citizen stewardship of natural resources within their communities. In 2007-2008, the Watersheds module of the program was evaluated for program success, and participant knowledge was assessed. Assessment and evaluation results indicated that…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Audiences, Program Effectiveness, Natural Resources
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Smaldone, Dave; Boone, Deborah A.; Selin, Steve; See, Amanda – Journal of Extension, 2011
Conservation and environmental education share similar goals with Extension and thus holds partnership potential for Extension. The study reported here compared the needs and barriers faced by environmental educators and Extension agents in West Virginia using a mail survey. Results indicated there were both similarities and differences in the…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Extension Agents, Mail Surveys, Questionnaires