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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
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
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
Harder, Amy; Lamm, Alexa; Strong, Robert – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2009
Cooperative Extension's role as a relevant provider of nonformal education is dependent upon its ability to improve and adjust in response to internal and external pressures. Periodically conducting needs assessments focused on the Extension organization can aid in Extension's efforts to deliver quality educational programs by pinpointing priority…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Human Capital, Nonformal Education, Extension Education