ERIC Number: ED425335
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Extension Today and Tomorrow. Trends and Issues Alerts.
The federal Cooperative Extension Service (CES) began more than 80 years ago as a way to disseminate agricultural research and information through land-grant universities. Today, extension education is evolving to meet the demands of diversity, technology, and new ways of working and learning. Diversity is one of the core values of the CES's strategic plan for the 21st century, and many extension educators are focusing on serving diverse audiences with expanded programming and recruiting, and hiring diverse staff. Nevertheless, urban residents, youth, and low income groups remain least likely to be aware of or use extension services. Technology as a delivery method and access to technology for critical information needs are key issues affecting society. Extension educators have recognized the value of distance delivery of educational programming, and they are exploring new ways to make extension a participatory learning organization and to provide leadership for the development of learning communities. By responding to the contemporary issues of diversity, technology, and community building, extension can enhance the relevance of its traditional focus on quality of life and critical issues affecting daily living. (An annotated bibliography contains 18 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Annotated Bibliographies, Delivery Systems, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Educational Trends, Extension Education, Organizational Development, Role of Education, Trend Analysis
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.