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ERIC Number: EJ1074718
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1077-5315
The Case for a Paradigm Shift in Extension from Information-Centric to Community-Centric Programming
Strong, Emma; Rowntree, Jason; Thurlow, Kable; Raven, Matt R.
Journal of Extension, v53 n4 Article 4IAW1 Aug 2015
Since its establishment through the Smith-Lever Act, the Cooperative Extension Service has sought to use non-formal education programs centered on community needs to provide research-based information. However, the onset of the information age has transformed the way knowledge is shared and as a result altered the way people access information. Based on observations and program evaluations clients are more interested in the development of communities than passive dissemination of information from traditional Extension programs. Consequently, we assert that the current Extension paradigm of information-centric programming is no longer adequate and Extension should move toward one that is community centric.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Smith Lever Act
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