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Lopes, Sandro; Geldhof, G. John; Bowers, Edmond P.; Thogmartin, Asia – Journal of Extension, 2018
As youth development programs established in the United States expand globally, researchers must evaluate their impacts in diverse contexts. The work described in this article established a baseline for assessing the impact of a 4-S youth program at professional technical high schools in Costa Rica. The 4-S program is equivalent to 4-H in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational High Schools, Control Groups, Quasiexperimental Design
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Jung, Seung Eun; Parker, Stephany; Hermann, Janice; Phelps, Joshua; Shin, Yeon Ho – Journal of Extension, 2018
We explored rural older adults perceptions of health to inform health promotion program development, using social marketing as our framework. Participants in seven focus groups viewed independence and holistic health as indicators of health and identified healthful eating and physical activity as actions to promote health. Barriers to these…
Descriptors: Health Education, Rural Areas, Older Adults, Health Promotion
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Adedokun, Omolola A. – Journal of Extension, 2018
This article provides an illustrative description of the pre-post difference index (PPDI), a simple, nontechnical yet robust tool for examining the instructional sensitivity of assessment items. Extension educators often design pretest-posttest instruments to assess the impact of their curricula on participants' knowledge and understanding of the…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Extension Agents, Pretests Posttests, Curriculum Evaluation
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Page, Christopher S.; Kern, Michael A. – Journal of Extension, 2018
Declining government funding for higher education requires colleges and universities to seek alternative revenue streams, including through philanthropic fund-raising. Extension-based subject matter centers and other programs can benefit from the thoughtful supplementation of traditional revenue sources with individual, corporate, and private…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Program Development, Educational Finance, Private Financial Support
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Brown, Laura E.; McDonald, John; Chase, Lisa C.; Sewake, Geoffrey; Stencel, Beverly; Northrop, Andy; Kelly, Miriah; Faulkner, Ryan – Journal of Extension, 2018
The First Impressions program was designed to help communities learn about their strengths and shortcomings through the "fresh eyes" of first-time visitors. This Extension-led community assessment program has been implemented in over 500 communities since the 1990s, yet scant literature exists regarding the program's theoretical…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Community Programs, Community Development, Theories
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Hurtado, Ghaffar A.; Olson, Kathleen A.; de Davila, Silvia Alvarez; Campoverde, Victoria – Journal of Extension, 2018
Parent-school engagement is a contributor to student achievement, but few relevant programs exist for immigrant Latino families. This article describes the design, pilot implementation, and evaluation of a parent-engagement Extension program, developed and implemented in Spanish. The purpose of the program is to help parents develop and/or…
Descriptors: Parent School Relationship, Hispanic American Students, Parent Participation, Curriculum Development
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Bergman, Jacqueline J.; Linnell, Jessica D.; Scherr, Rachel E.; Ginsburg, David C.; Brian, Kelley M.; Carter, Rosemary; Donohue, Susan; Klisch, Shannon; Lawry-Hall, Suzanne; Pressman, Jona; Soule, Katherine; Zidenberg-Cherr, Sheri – Journal of Extension, 2018
We conducted a process evaluation of the Shaping Healthy Choices Program, a multicomponent school-based nutrition program, when implemented in partnership with University of California (UC) CalFresh and UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE). There were positive impacts on participating students, but results varied across counties, possibly due to…
Descriptors: Nutrition Instruction, Comprehensive School Health Education, Partnerships in Education, Extension Education
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Erickson, Jennifer; Hill, Dan; Solomon, Victoria – Journal of Extension, 2018
Why do so few women hold elected office on local government bodies? The answer to this question encompasses a combination of barriers to running for office. The research discussed in this article involved two surveys conducted in Wisconsin. The findings indicate that in addition to systemic barriers, such as time away from work, many women are…
Descriptors: Females, Capacity Building, Local Government, Political Candidates
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Feldhues, Katherine; Epley, Hannah K. – Journal of Extension, 2018
Two 4-H Camp-related bus tours offered new nontraditional professional development (PD) experiences that better align Extension's PD opportunities with the organization's experiential education pedagogy. Creating quality PD opportunities for employees is important because such experiences can affect overall work performance, community connections,…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Nontraditional Education, Experiential Learning, Training Methods
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Elnakib, Sara – Journal of Extension, 2018
Working with innovative technologies helps Extension professionals promote, enhance, and expand outreach. Innovative software, for example, can support educators in creating presentations that better accommodate various types of learners and appeal to new audiences. This article highlights one such technology: Prezi. Prezi is a free software…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Extension Education, Innovation, Outreach Programs
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Brandon, Dorothy P.; Tsamaase, Marea; Humphrey, Ronnie; Crenshaw, Kevin – Journal of Extension, 2018
Urbanization is causing a major shift in Extension's programming throughout the United States. We present results of a nontraditional urban program (the Parent-Child Reading Enhancement Program) that is being implemented by Alabama Cooperative Extension System's Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit. Findings suggest that this…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Education, Urban Extension, Parent Child Relationship, Family Literacy
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Mott, Rebecca – Journal of Extension, 2018
With today's technology, Extension professionals have a variety of tools available for program evaluation. This article describes an innovative platform called VoiceThread that has been used in many classrooms but also is useful for conducting virtual focus group research. I explain how this tool can be used to collect qualitative participant…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Extension Education, Qualitative Research
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Varkey, Sapna; Smirnova, Olga; Gallien, Tara Lee – Journal of Extension, 2018
Engaged scholarship (ES) entails a symbiotic relationship between the community and the university. This article reports results from an evaluation of an ES symposium Eastern Carolina University held to increase awareness of ES as a means for integrating research, teaching, and service and to potentially change unfavorable perceptions about ES…
Descriptors: Scholarship, Attitude Change, Partnerships in Education, School Community Programs
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Gay, Keegan D.; Owens, Courtney T.; Lamm, Alexa J.; Rumble, Joy N. – Journal of Extension, 2017
It has been argued that to remain relevant in today's society, Extension must expand its role to provide public issues education. We conducted a web-based survey to determine whether Extension agents in Florida were prepared to deal with contentious issues. Survey respondents identified issues affecting their clientele, levels of frequency with…
Descriptors: Extension Agents, Knowledge Level, Needs Assessment, Local Issues
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Harder, Amy; Hodges, Alan; Zelaya, Priscilla – Journal of Extension, 2017
Return on investment (ROI) is a commonly used metric for organizations concerned with demonstrating the value of their investments; it can be used to determine whether funds spent providing professional development programs for Extension professionals are good investments. This article presents a method for calculating ROI for an onboarding…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Professional Development, Value Judgment, Value Added Models
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