Preparing to Teach

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        For the past couple of decades new agent trainings in Texas have included teaching new Extension agents teaching is a four-step process.  This process is also taught in most university teacher preparation programs including our agricultural science program at West Texas A&M.  The four steps we cover are as follows:  1) Preparation, 2) Presentation, 3) Application, and 4) Evaluation.  Under preparation, we often describe this step as having a Part A and a Part B.  Part A is preparing the teacher.  Part B is… Read More →

Characteristics and Motivational Factors of Effective Extension Advisory Leaders: A Summary of Research Conducted by Teresa Joy Spearman-Part 6

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In 2011, Teresa Spearman at North Carolina State University conducted a Delphi study to determine the characteristics and motivation factors of effective Extension Advisory Leaders. Committees, Leadership Advisory Boards, Coalitions, Youth Boards and Extension Advisory groups provide necessary input to ensure that Extension programs are relevant and responsive to local needs and/or issues. The following questions were asked of the County Extension Directors (Spearman, 2011): What are the characteristics of effective advisory leaders? What are the motivational factors that cause individuals to be effective volunteers for Cooperative Extension?… Read More →

Characteristics and Motivational Factors of Effective Extension Advisory Leaders: A Summary of Research Conducted by Teresa Joy Spearman-Part 5

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It is well established that Extension educators should stay up-to-date related to research associated with Extension methodologies to ensure we are implementing best practices related to Extension programming. One of the areas of scholarly inquiry that should be carefully evaluated is the characteristics and motivation factors of effective committee members. In 2011, Teresa Spearman at North Carolina State University conducted a Delphi study to determine the characteristics and motivation factors of effective Extension Advisory Leaders. Committees, Leadership Advisory Boards, Coalitions, Youth Boards and Extension Advisory groups provide necessary… Read More →

Characteristics and Motivational Factors of Effective Extension Advisory Leaders: A Summary of Research Conducted by Teresa Joy Spearman-Part 4

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It is well established that Extension educators should stay up-to-date related to research associated with Extension methodologies to ensure we are implementing best practices related to Extension programming. One of the areas of scholarly inquiry that should be carefully evaluated is the characteristics and motivation factors of effective committee members. In 2011, Teresa Spearman at North Carolina State University conducted a Delphi study to determine the characteristics and motivation factors of effective Extension Advisory Leaders. Committees, Leadership Advisory Boards, Coalitions, Youth Boards and Extension Advisory groups provide necessary… Read More →

S2, E3: Characteristics and Motivational Factors of Effective Extension Advisory Leaders

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In episode 3 of the Next Step to Success podcast, Darrell Dromgoole discusses research regarding the Characteristics and Motivational Factors of Effective Extension Advisory Leaders as reported by Teresa Spearman from North Carolina State University. Take a listen to the episode below.

Characteristics and Motivational Factors of Effective Extension Advisory Leaders: A Summary of Research Conducted by Teresa Joy Spearman-Part 3

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It is well established that Extension educators should stay up-to-date related to research associated with Extension methodologies to ensure we are implementing best practices related to Extension programming. One of the areas of scholarly inquiry that should be carefully evaluated is the characteristics and motivation factors of effective committee members. In 2011, Teresa Spearman at North Carolina State University conducted a Delphi study to determine the characteristics and motivation factors of effective Extension Advisory Leaders. Committees, Leadership Advisory Boards, Coalitions, Youth Boards and Extension Advisory groups provide necessary… Read More →

Characteristics and Motivational Factors of Effective Extension Advisory Leaders: A Summary of Research Conducted by Teresa Joy Spearman-Part 2

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As Extension educators, it is a professional obligation to stay abreast of research related to Extension methodologies to ensure we are implementing best practices associated with Extension programming. One of the areas of scholarly inquiry that should be carefully evaluated is the characteristics and motivation factors of effective committee members. In 2011, Teresa Spearman at North Carolina State University conducted a Delphi study to determine the characteristics and motivation factors of effective Extension Advisory Leaders. Committees, Leadership Advisory Boards, Coalitions, Youth Boards and Extension Advisory groups provide necessary… Read More →

S2, E2: Thinking about the change process when creating and delivering programs

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In episode 2 of the Next Step to Success podcast, Darrell Dromgoole discusses how Extension educators can think about Rogers (2003) Diffusion of Innovations theory when creating and delivering educational programs. Darrell talks about the process that individuals go through when adopting a new technology or practice, the characteristics of those new ideas, and the adopter categories that individuals fall into. If you would like more information about this topics, please visit our blog post about The Adoption-Diffusion Process.

Characteristics and Motivational Factors of Effective Extension Advisory Leaders: A Summary of Research Conducted by Teresa Joy Spearman- Part 1

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As Extension educators, it is imperative that we review research related to Extension methodologies to ensure we are implementing best practices associated with Extension programming. One of the areas of scholarly inquiry that should be carefully evaluated is the characteristics and motivation factors of effective committee members. Extension volunteers have been utilized in Extension for over 50 years, serving on program area committees to develop programs that meet the needs of local clientele. However, Extension educators should review various research and other scholarly work to determine the following:… Read More →

Influence of Result Demonstration Sites and Field Days on adoption of Best Management Practices -Part 2

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To better understand the role of demonstrations in the decision-adoption process a team of researchers in Indiana analyzed survey data from those who attended cover crop demonstration sites or field days and obtained further insight through in-depth interviews with 28 agricultural producers who had attended an event in one of the three counties (Singh et al, 2018). Using survey data, the researchers analyzed responses to questions from those who attended cover crop demonstration days (n = 85) to understand why those demonstrations may have had an effect on… Read More →