ERIC Number: EJ1042366
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Evaluating Continuing Education Needs and Program Effectiveness Using a Survey of Virginia's SHARP Logger Program Participants
Barrett, Scott M.; Bolding, M. Chad; Munsell, John F.
Journal of Extension, v50 n1 Article 1RIB8 Feb 2012
Virginia's SHARP logger program is a Cooperative Extension program currently providing training to over 1,500 loggers, foresters, and others. We conducted a mail survey of SHARP loggers to characterize program participants, assess programming needs, and evaluate program effectiveness. Results indicate a diverse group of participants in terms of education and occupation. Responses illustrated a need for diverse continuing education class topics and formats. Sixty-two percent of participants reported making changes to their operation as a result of attending SHARP logger trainings. The most commonly reported changes included improvements in safety and implementation of BMPs for water quality.
Descriptors: Continuing Education, Educational Needs, Needs Assessment, Program Effectiveness, Participant Characteristics, Forestry, Extension Education, Cooperative Education, Mail Surveys, Program Evaluation, Data Collection, Questionnaires, Age Differences, Gender Differences, Racial Differences, Educational Attainment, Occupational Clusters, Job Training, Operations Research, Change Strategies, Participant Satisfaction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia