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Warner, Laura A.; Vavrina, Charlie S.; Campbell, Mary L.; Elliott, Monica L.; Northrop, Robert J.; Place, Nick T. – Journal of Extension, 2017
Florida's Strategic Plan for Extension in Metropolitan Regions reflects an adaptive management approach to the state's urban Extension mission within the context of establishing essential elements, performance indicators, key outcomes, and suggested alternatives for action. Extension leadership has adopted the strategic plan, and implementation…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Program Implementation, Program Administration, Extension Education
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Gay, Keegan D.; Terry, Bryan; Lamm, Alexa J. – Journal of Extension, 2015
Diversity in learning options can increase efficacy of volunteer development systems. The University of Florida Critical Thinking Inventory (UFCTI) is designed to explicate an individual's critical thinking style based upon a continuum from Seeking Information to Engagement. Static and interpretive materials are best used with individuals of a…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Volunteer Training, Thinking Skills, Cognitive Style
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Fishel, Fred – Journal of Extension, 2014
Partnering with private industry can empower Extension educators to enhance their educational outreach efforts. Since 2011, UF/IFAS has cooperated with the Florida Turfgrass Association in conducting a 1-day statewide Polycom┬« event for providing continuing education to licensed pesticide applicators employed primarily in the ornamental and…
Descriptors: Continuing Education, Extension Education, Extension Agents, Partnerships in Education
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Bennett, Blake; Hurley, Janet; Merchant, Mike – Journal of Extension, 2016
Having the ability to assess pest problems in schools is essential for a successful integrated pest management (IPM) program. However, such expertise can be costly and is not available to all school districts across the United States. The web-based IPM Calculator was developed to address this problem. By answering questions about the condition of…
Descriptors: Calculators, Computation, School Buildings, Risk Management
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Rodriguez, Mary T.; Lamm, Alexa J.; Odera, Erica; Owens, Courtney; Thompson, Sandra – Journal of Extension, 2015
Minority children and adolescents living in rural areas, below poverty guidelines, are less likely to engage in healthy food choices or a healthy lifestyle, and this contributes to obesity issues. Providing children with the skills and knowledge to lead healthy lives is a way to combat this epidemic. Focus groups were conducted at three Extension…
Descriptors: Gardening, Extension Education, School Activities, Student Participation
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Fishel, Fred; Liu, Guodong David – Journal of Extension, 2014
The University of Florida Cooperative Extension conducted a statewide program with a dual role during 2013 and 2014 to enhance efficiency. The program provided in-service training to county Extension agents and provided continuing education to meet requirements needed by licensed pesticide applicators. Using Polycom distance technology, the event…
Descriptors: Extension Agents, Poisoning, Statewide Planning, Extension Education
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Dahl, Wendy J.; Ford, Amanda L.; Radford, Allyson; Gal, Nancy J. – Journal of Extension, 2016
State and national surveys of adult family care homes identified a strong need for education on texture-modified food preparation and the nutritional needs of older adults. An Extension curriculum, Food Modification for Special Needs, was developed to provide an overview of chewing and swallowing problems, food texture, pureed food preparation,…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Curriculum Evaluation, Older Adults, Food Service
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Benge, Matt; Sowcik, Matthew – Journal of Extension, 2018
Engaging the Extension workforce in professional development is critical for learning, behavior change, and continued development. However, county Extension directors find it difficult to juggle the various demands on their time, including the need to develop the leadership competencies required to be successful in their roles. Online leadership…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Extension Agents, Leadership Training, Online Courses
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Kopiyawattage, Kumudu P. P.; Lamm, Alexa J. – Journal of Extension, 2017
Extension educators can help the public learn about critical issues that contribute to existing problems in communities. Water is just such an issue in Florida--in fact, water is the top issue in Florida. The purpose of the study reported in this article was to identify Florida residents' opinions about clean water and their preferred modes of…
Descriptors: Public Opinion, Water Quality, Extension Education, Community Needs
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Huang, Pei-wen; Lamm, Alexa J. – Journal of Extension, 2016
Florida's ecology has been adversely affected by invasive species. In Florida, a study was conducted to explore opportunities for Extension educators to contribute to combating the issue of invasive species. Florida residents' responses were captured through the use of an online public opinion survey. The findings revealed a need for invasive…
Descriptors: Identification, Extension Education, Ecology, Online Surveys
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Friedl, Sarah E.; Ober, Holly K.; Stein, Taylor V.; Andreu, Michael G. – Journal of Extension, 2015
A recent shift in desires among working professionals from traditional learning environments to distance education has emerged due to reductions in travel and training budgets. To accommodate this, the Natural Areas Training Academy replaced traditionally formatted workshops with a hybrid approach. Surveys of participants before and after this…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Extension Agents, Blended Learning, Distance Education
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Diehl, David C.; Swenson, Shelley E.; Wente, Jessica N. – Journal of Extension, 2012
This article presents the evaluation of the Sustainable Big Bend Green Living Expo and Education Fair, which targets participants with a variety of learning opportunities. Evaluation was carried out using onsite surveys along with follow-up surveys and phone interviews. Results indicate that a 1-day sustainability event is a meaningful way to…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Science Fairs, Environmental Education, Interviews
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Fishel, Fred; Ferrell, Jason; Vallad, Gary; Price, Jim; Cherry, Ron; Mizell, Russ; Duncan, Larry – Journal of Extension, 2010
Polycom technology has potential for efficient use of program delivery by Extension educators. A survey of licensed pesticide applicators attending a 1-day event at one of 20 host polycom sites revealed that polycom distance learning is effective for presenting information and learning. Responses also indicated that most of this audience is…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Distance Education, Poisoning, Continuing Education
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Posthumus, Erin E.; Barnett, LoriAnne; Crimmins, Theresa M.; Kish, George R.; Sheftall, Will; Stancioff, Esperanza; Warren, Peter – Journal of Extension, 2013
Extension, with its access to long-term volunteers, has the unique ability to teach citizen scientists about the connection between climate variability and the resulting effects on plants, animals, and thus, humans. The USA National Phenology Network's Nature's Notebook on-line program provides a science learning tool for Extension's Master…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Volunteers, Scientists, Youth Programs
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Boby, Leslie; Hubbard, William; Megalos, Mark; Morris, Hilary L. C. – Journal of Extension, 2016
An understanding of foresters' perceptions of climate change is important for developing effective educational programs on adaptive forest management. We surveyed 1,398 foresters in the southern United States regarding their perceptions of climate change, observations and concerns about climatic and forest conditions, and knowledge of and interest…
Descriptors: Forestry Occupations, Attitudes, Climate, Program Development
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