ERIC Number: EJ1067037
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Managing Dynamics of Power and Learning in Community Development: A Case Study of Iowan Farmers in Uganda
Stephen, Lauer; Owusu, Francis Y.
Journal of Extension, v53 n3 Article 3FEA10 Jun 2015
Extension professionals facilitate community development through the strategic manipulation of learning and power in peer-to-peer learning partnerships. We discuss the relationship between empowerment and power, highlight relevant literature on the difficulties power presents to learning and the efficacy of service learning tools to facilitate mutual learning and present original findings from our research on an international development partnership in which Extension professionals had partial success in creating opportunities for mutually empowering learning among farmers from Iowa and Uganda. We recommend that Extension professionals encourage learning across power gradients by providing opportunities for informal conversations and encouraging reflection by participants.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Extension Education, Power Structure, Community Development, Extension Agents, Empowerment, Service Learning, Peer Teaching, International Programs, Agricultural Occupations, Agency Cooperation, Semi Structured Interviews, Grounded Theory, Cultural Differences, Cultural Awareness, Interpersonal Communication
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Iowa; Uganda
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