Title:Cooperative Extension’s Role in Adult Learning and Development
Sponsor: Cooperative Extension SIG
Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016; 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT
This webinar conducted by the AAACE Cooperative Extension Special Interest Group (SIG) will highlight Extension’s role in adult learning and development and promote membership and participation in the association by Extension professionals who are not currently involved. Following an overview of Extension’s role in adult learning, SIG members will share practical examples of their work with adult audiences and the benefits of continually developing their skills as educators of adults. An overview of AAACE will follow with an explanation of how Extension professionals can benefit from participating and how they can in turn benefit the association. The work of the Cooperative Extension SIG will be highlighted. Extension professionals working in a variety of subject matter are invited and encouraged to attend.
Sandy Bell is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of the Adult Learning Program in the School of Education at the University of Connecticut. She has been an active member of the American Association of Adult & Continuing Education (AAACE) for 15 years. During this same period, Sandy has collaborated with colleagues in Cooperative Extension, SARE, NRCS, and the EPA in applying adult learning theory and practice to support learning among farmers, ranchers, growers, and landowners. She has provided train-the-trainer education at state, regional, and national levels. Her research on the role of farmers’ mental models in problem solving, decision-making, and participation in educational programs has been used to inform research, extension, and conservation practices. Sandy’s work with colleagues is published in the Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, Agriculture and Human Values, and Journal of Extension.
Melanie S. Hart
Melanie Hart is a Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Educator with Ohio State University Extension. She works at the county and state level specializing in Family Resource Management and leads the statewide Family and Consumer Sciences Healthy Finances Team. Melanie writes blogs for the Extension FCS website http://www.livesmartohio.osu.edu about financial issues and concerns. She also collaborates with Extension colleagues nationally about Adult Learning in Extension. Melanie is a Ph.D. Candidate in Adult Education at The Ohio State University.
Mike has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Forestry from the University of Illinois. To gain a better understanding of teaching he obtained an Education Doctorate in Teaching and Learning from University of Minnesota Duluth in 2015. His dissertation, Fostering Transformative Learning in an Informal Collaborative Process, explored the links between learning and action.
Mike has 37 years of experience in forestry and allied fields. Mike grew up in Illinois and worked for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources as an urban forester. Mike moved to Oregon (twice), living there for a total of 14 years and working as a forestry consultant and Extension educator. The past 17 years he has lived in Minnesota and enjoys canoeing and picking the mandolin. As an Extension educator he focuses his teaching on forest health and protecting working forests. As part of his work he has helped landowners develop plans for the transfer of their land from one generation to the next.
Dale earned his Bachelor’s in Park and Recreation Management at Western Washington University, a Master’s of Divinity at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and a Master’s in Adult and Community Education from Ball State University where he first encountered AAACE.
A West Coast native, Dale moved to the Midwest for graduate school where he remained for 20 years before transitioning from parish minister to extension educator and returning to the Pacific Northwest. After 7 years as a county based 4-H Positive Youth Development (PYD) educator at Washington State University he is now engaged in the same work at Oregon State University.
Clint Cummings provides leadership to training and coalition development efforts as a state Extension Specialist with the University of Tennessee Extension. He works with professional and paraprofessional staff on local programming activities for a statewide educational program for individuals and families with limited resources. He began his Extension career as a Family and Consumer Sciences Extension agent in a rural setting before moving to an urban county to work exclusively with the previously mention program. Clint received his B.S. in Human Ecology: Family Studies and his M.S. in Educational Psychology: Adult Education. He is an active member of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) where he serves as Chair of the Cooperative Extension Special Interest Group.
Auburn University has a Master's in Ag Leadership, an Adult Ed Master's with an emphasis in Cooperative Extension and Extension Education Certification. Are these of interest to your SIG?
James E. Witte, PhD
Professor and Coordinator of Adult Ed Programs