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ERIC Number: EJ1051066
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1534-6102
Outreach and Engagement Education for Graduate Students in Natural Resources: Developing a Course to Enrich a Graduate Outreach Requirement
Latimore, Jo A.; Dreelin, Erin A.; Burroughs, Jordan Pusateri
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v18 n3 p129-154 2014
Scientists need to engage stakeholders in natural resource management; however, few graduate programs prepare students to conduct outreach and engagement. Given this need, the authors' goals were to (1) create a one-credit course that introduced outreach and engagement practices and participatory approaches, (2) improve the quality of graduate students' Outreach Experiences (OEs) within the framework of a university departmental requirement, and (3) share lessons learned in addressing the training gap. Students in the course met learning objectives to improve OE plans, evaluate the effectiveness of outreach and engagement, and improve engagement with varied audiences. OE plans from students in the course scored significantly higher than precourse plans, indicating increased likelihood of effective engagement with their chosen audiences. Formal training in best practices and detailed guidance for students and faculty advisors are likely to improve student professional development and the outcomes of outreach and engagement activities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan