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Stahl, Lizabeth A. B.; Behnken, Lisa M.; Breitenbach, Fritz R.; Miller, Ryan P.; Nicolai, David; Gunsolus, Jeffrey L. – Journal of Extension, 2016
University of Minnesota educators use an integrated pest management (IPM) survey conducted during private pesticide applicator training as an educational, needs assessment, and evaluation tool. By incorporating the IPM Assessment, as the survey is called, into a widely attended program and using TurningPoint audience response devices, Extension…
Descriptors: Needs Assessment, Poisoning, Extension Education, Audience Response Systems
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Ralston, Robin A.; Orr, Morgan; Goard, Linnette M.; Taylor, Christopher A.; Remley, Dan – Journal of Extension, 2016
Few farmers' market consumers are aware of how to retain optimal nutritional quality of produce following purchase. Our objective was to develop and evaluate educational materials intended to inform market consumers about best practices for storing, preserving, and consuming local produce to maximize nutrients and phytonutrients. Printed…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Extension Education, Consumer Education, Consumer Science
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Abell, Ellen; Cummings, Rebekah; Duke, Adrienne M.; Marshall, Jennifer Wells – Journal of Extension, 2015
Extension programs based on identified needs, relevant theory, and solid research too often fail to realize their objectives. Program implementation is acknowledged to contribute to program effectiveness, yet systematic attention has not been paid to the array of implementation issues that can complicate achieving program goals. We developed the…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Program Implementation, Identification, Fidelity
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Campbell, Joseph; Romich, Eric – Journal of Extension, 2015
Increased development of wind farms in the U.S. has fostered debates surrounding the siting and support for the projects. Prior research demonstrates the importance of understanding the attitudes and opinions of community members when developing projects. This article reviews a case study of an Ohio community that integrated a local survey to…
Descriptors: Power Technology, Energy Education, Community Attitudes, Case Studies
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Fissore, Cinzia; Duran, Daniel F.; Russell, Robert – Journal of Extension, 2015
This article describes current practices and needs associated with water and gas conservation among Southern California greenhouse growers, Post-Harvest Processors (PHPs), and agricultural associations. Two communication forums were held with the goal of educating the local gas company and small growers and PHPs on the most compelling needs and…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Agricultural Production, Sustainability, Energy Management
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Smathers, Carol A.; Lobb, Jennifer M. – Journal of Extension, 2015
Community coalitions play an important role in community-wide strategies to promote health and wellbeing, and Extension professionals may provide leadership, technical assistance, and other support to coalitions. Extension professionals across a Midwestern state were invited to participate in an online survey about their coalition involvement and…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Extension Agents, Extension Education, Community Organizations
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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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Syrko, Joseph; Kaylegian, Kerry E. – Journal of Extension, 2015
Growth in the dairy industry and the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act have renewed interest in dairy foods processing extension positions. A needs assessment survey was sent to Pennsylvania dairy processors and raw milk providers to guide priorities for a dairy foods extension program. The successful development and delivery of…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Food, Food Standards, Safety
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Culp, Ken, III; Edwards, Harriett C.; Jordan, Jenny W. – Journal of Extension, 2014
The SR4-HVAG combines the efforts of states to provide quality educational programming for volunteers and Extension professionals using an advisory group system. An advisory group rather than a council was created because the group provides programmatic input rather than sets policy. The purposes of the SR4-HVAG are to: provide a mechanism for…
Descriptors: Regional Programs, Volunteer Training, Volunteers, Communities of Practice
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Baker, Lauri M.; Hadley, Gregg – Journal of Extension, 2014
The qualitative study reported here assessed the needs of agents related to new agent professional development to improve the current model. Agents who participated in new agent professional development within the last 5 years were selected to participate in focus groups to determine concerns and continued needs. Agents enjoyed networking and…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Professional Development, Extension Agents, Extension Education
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Kim, YaeBin – Journal of Extension, 2014
Extension educators have used different methods to collect information for a needs assessment, including advisory committees, survey questionnaires, focus groups, interviews with key informants, or a combination of the former. This article describes the use of key informant interviews (agency personnel working with parents and young children) that…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Child Rearing, Parent Education, Young Children
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Skelly, JoAnne; Hill, George; Singletary, Loretta – Journal of Extension, 2014
Extension professionals often assess community needs to determine programs and target audiences. Data can be collected through surveys, focus group and individual interviews, meta-analysis, systematic observation, and other methods. Knowledge gaps are identified, and programs are designed to resolve the deficiencies. However, do Extension…
Descriptors: Needs Assessment, Data Analysis, Community Needs, Extension Education
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Burnett, Rachel E.; Vuola, Aaron J.; Megalos, Mark A.; Adams, Damian C.; Monroe, Martha C. – Journal of Extension, 2014
The educational needs assessment reported here measured North Carolina Cooperative Extension (NCCE) professionals' perceptions of global warming and identified barriers to climate change programming. Survey results from 400 NCCE professionals show 70% are cautious, concerned, or alarmed about global warming. Liberal and female Extension…
Descriptors: Cooperatives, Extension Agents, Extension Education, Climate
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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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Bailey, Nikki; Hill, Alexandra; Arnold, Shannon – Journal of Extension, 2014
The purpose of the study reported here was to examine the educational resources used by Montana State University Extension county agents. An online survey was administered to evaluate agents' informational needs. Agents reported client questions (93.8%) and program/workshop planning and presentations (91.7%) as the main reasons for seeking…
Descriptors: Extension Agents, Extension Education, Information Seeking, Cognitive Style
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