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Harder, Amy; Narine, Lendel K. – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2019
Extension's ability to purposively develop the capacity of its agents to effectively work with and lead people is limited by a lack of data that identifies for which competencies agents need training. Interpersonal leadership competencies are widely recognized as important for Extension professionals and the literature indicates they are linked…
Descriptors: Extension Agents, Interpersonal Competence, Leadership Qualities, Training
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Harder, Amy; Narine, Lendel K.; Wells, Ondine – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2019
Determining strategies for success within the urban environment is necessary for Cooperative Extension to accomplish its mission, particularly given the large percentage of Americans who now reside in or near cities. Three levels of needs exist within a system such as Extension: primary user, service provider, and system resources. A needs…
Descriptors: Urban Extension, Counties, Needs, Strategic Planning
Roberts, T. Grady; Rodriguez, Mary T.; Gouldthorpe, Jessica L.; Stedman, Nicole L. P.; Harder, Amy; Hartmann, Marta – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2016
The National Research Council (2009) emphasized the importance of enhancing the undergraduate experience to better prepare graduates to work in a global economy. The NRC went further to suggest college faculty might need professional development to make appropriate changes. In 2010, as a part of a USDA Higher Education Challenge Grant, eight…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Interdisciplinary Approach, Teacher Attitudes, Attitude Change
Harder, Amy; Zelaya, Priscilla; Roberts, T. Grady – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2016
Extension organizations are challenged to provide onboarding to new employees that is comprehensive and high quality, yet cost-effective. The purpose of this study was to explore Extension agents' perceptions of participating in an onboarding program that used a blended approach involving face-to-face and online learning components. The objectives…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Extension Agents, Attitude Measures, Blended Learning
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Hurst, Sara D.; Roberts, T. Grady; Harder, Amy – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2015
The purpose of this study was to explore the beliefs and attitudes of secondary agriculture teachers regarding global agricultural issues. A randomized national sample of 417 teachers were surveyed using a modified version of the International Agricultural Awareness and Understanding Survey (Wingenbach, Boyd, Lindner, Dick, Arispe, & Haba,…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Global Approach, Agricultural Education, Secondary School Teachers
Mazurkewicz, Melissa; Harder, Amy; Roberts, T. Grady – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2012
Higher education institutions are attempting to use teaching farms to provide hands-on learning experiences to students, but there is a lack of research on the degree of cognitive engagement at teaching farms. Kolb's model provided the theoretical framework for assessing evidence of experiential learning in courses using teaching farms.…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Evidence, Experiential Learning, Teaching Methods
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Strong, Robert; Harder, Amy – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2012
Nonformal education is learner-centered and provides knowledge in a practical manner to participants. Master Gardener is a nonformal extension horticultural program that includes extensive requirements to earn certification. The purpose of this study was to examine the Mergener Education Participation Scale (M-EPS) to evaluate adult motivations to…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Sampling, Nonformal Education, Mail Surveys
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Harder, Amy; Lamm, Alexa; Roberts, T. Grady; Navarro, Maria; Ricketts, John – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2012
Today's college graduates in agricultural and life sciences must be prepared to work in a global society. Increasing the integration of international content into on-campus courses requires globally competent faculty members. This study reports faculty's initial attitudes and beliefs about Latin American culture prior to participating in a 12-day…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Global Approach, Latin American Culture, Teacher Attitudes
Scheer, Scott D.; Cochran, Graham R.; Harder, Amy; Place, Nick T. – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2011
The purpose of this study was to compare and contrast an academic extension education model with an Extension human resource management model. The academic model of 19 competencies was similar across the 22 competencies of the Extension human resource management model. There were seven unique competencies for the human resource management model.…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Competence, Models, Comparative Analysis
Lamm, Alexa J.; Israel, Glenn D.; Harder, Amy – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2011
Extension has enhanced the lives of U.S. citizens through adult education in a myriad of ways. However, as budgets get tighter, accountability becomes increasingly more important. Over the years, Extension has reported low level impacts rather than the long-term successes that those working within the system know are occurring. Without enhanced…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Accountability, Extension Agents, Attitudes
Stedman, Nicole L. P.; Roberts, T. Grady; Harder, Amy; Myers, Brian E.; Thoron, Andrew C. – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2011
There has been a call for faculty at academic institutions to improve the quality of their educational programs. Previous research findings have found that the size and focus of the institution impacts the quality and resources given to instructional activities. However, it has been noted that traditionally research-focused institutions now are…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Distance Education, Self Concept, Knowledge Level
Terry, Bryan; Harder, Amy; Pracht, Dale – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2011
Volunteers can be an important resource of many nonprofit organizations. The ability to meet the mission, goals and objectives of nonprofit organizations often depends upon the effectiveness of volunteer involvement in direct service delivery or indirect program support. Volunteer involvement utilizes financial and non-financial resources of an…
Descriptors: Volunteer Training, Nonprofit Organizations, Volunteers, Agriculture
Strong, Robert; Harder, Amy – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2011
With increased budget cuts and a shortage of funding sources, Cooperative Extension must have a reliable group of proficient volunteers to carry-out organizational goals. Developing an understanding of volunteer abilities will assist extension agents in preparing and utilizing volunteers. Self-efficacy theory provided the theoretical framework of…
Descriptors: Individual Characteristics, Teacher Effectiveness, Extension Education, Self Efficacy
Strong, Robert; Harder, Amy – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2011
Master Gardeners serve Cooperative Extension as volunteer educators who deliver horticultural knowledge to citizens across Florida by teaching a broader amount of public constituents than can a single extension agent. The economic value of the Master Gardener participation to Florida Extension was nearly $9,000,000 in 2010. Very little research…
Descriptors: Gardening, Adult Educators, Extension Education, Teacher Motivation
Harder, Amy; Mashburn, Diane; Benge, Matt – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2009
A critical assessment of extension education is needed to ensure there are adequate opportunities for students to study extension education and that the curriculum is relevant to today's Cooperative Extension Service. This descriptive study was conducted to assess extension education curriculum by identifying and comparing the courses being taught…
Descriptors: Land Grant Universities, Extension Education, Program Effectiveness, Educational Opportunities
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