ERIC Number: ED263370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
How Will Extensionists Keep Up-to-Date with Research?
Long, James S.
Extensionists need to make the "ASIAn Connection"--become Aware of the spectrum of research, Select program-related research, Integrate research from many disciplines, and Apply it in a way useful to clientele. Extensionists currently use a wide variety of traditional techniques to make the "ASIAn Connection." One relatively new technique has tremendous potential--personally accessing bibliographic research databases via microcomputer. Using key words, extension faculty can define dimensions of real problems and personally search over 1,200 computer-readable databases. An interactive microcomputer search conducted personally by the user (extension worker) with assistance from a search technician makes the searcher aware of available research and the number of citations. Teams of specialists might conduct searches incrementally and interactively to help discover the application of new ideas to a given practice or to a goal. Teams of researchers and extensionists might collaborate earlier to identify research ready for dissemination through extension. Information on databases includes printed aids, database description and accessing procedure supplied by the database, and information from the vendor. Training on database searching is available through workshops and consultation. Administrative policy questions concern state support, who will have access, and budgeting for access. (An appendix lists actual database searches for extension programming.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Louisville, KY, November 1984).