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Comito, Jacqueline; Haub, Brandy Case; Licht, Mark – Journal of Extension, 2018
The rapid needs assessment and response technique (RNR) is a useful tool for Extension professionals seeking ways to improve workshop structure. Facilitators using RNR organize workshop participants in small groups and then rotate the groups through a series of stations where participants dialogue on questions central to the workshop topic. The…
Descriptors: Needs Assessment, Extension Education, Extension Agents, Workshops
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Conner, Nathan W.; Dev, Dipti; Krause, Katherine – Journal of Extension, 2018
As society becomes more information saturated, Extension must evaluate its educational programming and delivery methods used to facilitate adult learning. Extension professionals must have a comprehensive understanding of how adults learn. Accordingly, we conducted a needs assessment as a basis for providing professional development trainings…
Descriptors: Needs Assessment, Extension Education, Extension Agents, Adult Learning
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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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Gay, Keegan D.; Owens, Courtney T.; Lamm, Alexa J.; Rumble, Joy N. – Journal of Extension, 2017
It has been argued that to remain relevant in today's society, Extension must expand its role to provide public issues education. We conducted a web-based survey to determine whether Extension agents in Florida were prepared to deal with contentious issues. Survey respondents identified issues affecting their clientele, levels of frequency with…
Descriptors: Extension Agents, Knowledge Level, Needs Assessment, Local Issues
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Jayaratne, K. S. U. – Journal of Extension, 2016
New Extension educators experience a steep learning curve when attempting to develop effective Extension programs. Formative evaluation is helpful to new, and experienced, Extension educators in determining the changes necessary for making programs more effective. Formative evaluation is an essential part of program evaluation. However, its use…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Program Improvement, Data Collection, Needs Assessment
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Bates, James S. – Journal of Extension, 2016
Extension professionals employ many techniques and tools to obtain feedback, input, information, and data from stakeholders, research participants, and program learners. An information-gathering tool called Ketso is described in this article. This tool and its associated techniques can be used in all phases of program development, implementation,…
Descriptors: Extension Agents, Extension Education, Feedback (Response), Research Tools
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Sondgerath, Travis – Journal of Extension, 2016
The study discussed in this article sought to identify cross-program professional development needs of county-based Extension professionals (field educators). The study instrument was completed by 105 county-based Extension professionals. Interdisciplinary topics, such as program evaluation and volunteer management, were identified as subjects of…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Professional Development, Extension Education, Extension Agents
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Smathers, Carol A.; Lobb, Jennifer M. – Journal of Extension, 2015
Community coalitions play an important role in community-wide strategies to promote health and wellbeing, and Extension professionals may provide leadership, technical assistance, and other support to coalitions. Extension professionals across a Midwestern state were invited to participate in an online survey about their coalition involvement and…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Extension Agents, Extension Education, Community Organizations
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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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Culp, Ken, III; Edwards, Harriett C.; Jordan, Jenny W. – Journal of Extension, 2014
The SR4-HVAG combines the efforts of states to provide quality educational programming for volunteers and Extension professionals using an advisory group system. An advisory group rather than a council was created because the group provides programmatic input rather than sets policy. The purposes of the SR4-HVAG are to: provide a mechanism for…
Descriptors: Regional Programs, Volunteer Training, Volunteers, Communities of Practice
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Baker, Lauri M.; Hadley, Gregg – Journal of Extension, 2014
The qualitative study reported here assessed the needs of agents related to new agent professional development to improve the current model. Agents who participated in new agent professional development within the last 5 years were selected to participate in focus groups to determine concerns and continued needs. Agents enjoyed networking and…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Professional Development, Extension Agents, Extension Education
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Kim, YaeBin – Journal of Extension, 2014
Extension educators have used different methods to collect information for a needs assessment, including advisory committees, survey questionnaires, focus groups, interviews with key informants, or a combination of the former. This article describes the use of key informant interviews (agency personnel working with parents and young children) that…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Child Rearing, Parent Education, Young Children
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Burnett, Rachel E.; Vuola, Aaron J.; Megalos, Mark A.; Adams, Damian C.; Monroe, Martha C. – Journal of Extension, 2014
The educational needs assessment reported here measured North Carolina Cooperative Extension (NCCE) professionals' perceptions of global warming and identified barriers to climate change programming. Survey results from 400 NCCE professionals show 70% are cautious, concerned, or alarmed about global warming. Liberal and female Extension…
Descriptors: Cooperatives, Extension Agents, Extension Education, Climate
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Fishel, Fred – Journal of Extension, 2014
Partnering with private industry can empower Extension educators to enhance their educational outreach efforts. Since 2011, UF/IFAS has cooperated with the Florida Turfgrass Association in conducting a 1-day statewide Polycom┬« event for providing continuing education to licensed pesticide applicators employed primarily in the ornamental and…
Descriptors: Continuing Education, Extension Education, Extension Agents, Partnerships in Education
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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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