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Writing Ourselves Into Existence: Healing Through Collaborative Curriculum Development, Bianca Ivette Laureano, Sara C. Flowers Drph Nov 2018

Writing Ourselves Into Existence: Healing Through Collaborative Curriculum Development, Bianca Ivette Laureano, Sara C. Flowers Drph

Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis

Here we offer an open exchange / evaluation of our experience as facilitator and editor (Bianca) and writer and collaborator (Sara) during the inaugural Women of Color Sexual Health Network Curriculum Lab which took place November 2017 in New Orleans, LA. In two months, 7 women and femmes of color who are sexuality educators wrote a robust curriculum for our communities that centers pleasure, social emotional learning competencies as early Freedom Schools implemented, sex and pleasure positive, using an intersectional framework and praxis, disability justice framework, inclusive of LGBTQ communities, and does not assume HIV negative status. This is one of ...


The Growing Together Project: Understanding Impacts On Field Day Attendees And Iowa Master Gardeners, Laura Irish Jan 2018

The Growing Together Project: Understanding Impacts On Field Day Attendees And Iowa Master Gardeners, Laura Irish

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Citizen science has been shown to be an effective tool for increasing data collection, as well as a great benefit to those who participate in the research project. The rising costs and limited funding for conducting large-scale research projects make citizen science projects valuable assets for researchers. Understanding the impact of citizen science projects on the volunteers must be done to better engage with and retain the volunteers. The Growing Together project, a partnership between the ISU Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program and the Human Sciences Extension, was created to increase food security in Iowa. The two major components ...


Practice Makes Perfect: Using A Dress Rehearsal To Apply Team Based Learning Practices In A Dietetic Internship., Janet S. Johnson, Erin E. Bergquist, Laurie A. W. Kruzich, Alison M. St. Germain, Tonya R. Krueger, Holly S. Bender, Jean A. Anderson Mar 2017

Practice Makes Perfect: Using A Dress Rehearsal To Apply Team Based Learning Practices In A Dietetic Internship., Janet S. Johnson, Erin E. Bergquist, Laurie A. W. Kruzich, Alison M. St. Germain, Tonya R. Krueger, Holly S. Bender, Jean A. Anderson

Team-Based Learning Presentations and Posters

Background: A dress rehearsal solidified training in Team Based Learning (TBL) for the instructors of the Dietetic Internship (DI) at Iowa State University (ISU). ISU offers the largest distance DI program in the country. Interns attend a 1-week orientation on campus before returning to their home locale to complete the 6-month program enabling their eligibility to be a Registered Dietitian. DI instructors wanted to convert traditional lectures to TBL as well as present a polished use of TBL for interns,utilizing the 4 –S’s approach. A dress rehearsal allowed concepts and pre-work to be modified in advance of interns ...


Augmented Reality Reading Support In Higher Education: Exploring Effects On Perceived Motivation And Confidence In Comprehension For Struggling Readers In Higher Education, Laura Anne Huisinga Jan 2017

Augmented Reality Reading Support In Higher Education: Exploring Effects On Perceived Motivation And Confidence In Comprehension For Struggling Readers In Higher Education, Laura Anne Huisinga

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Technology has shown promise to aid struggling readers in higher education, particularly through new and emerging technologies. Augmented reality (AR) has been used successfully in the classroom to motivate and engage struggling learners, yet little research exists on how augmented print might help struggling readers. This study explores this gap, specifically art/design students in higher education and their perceived motivation to read, as well as their engagement with, and comprehension of an augmented design theory text. This study employed an exploratory, mixed methods design. Analysis of the findings indicates most students, including self-identified struggling and typical readers, would use ...


Engagement Experiences: Adult English Language Learner Students In Advanced Manufacturing At A Midwestern Community College, Ahmed Kwasi Onwona-Agyeman Jan 2017

Engagement Experiences: Adult English Language Learner Students In Advanced Manufacturing At A Midwestern Community College, Ahmed Kwasi Onwona-Agyeman

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore and gain an in-depth understanding of the day-to-day lived engagement experiences of six adult ELL students enrolled in an advanced-manufacturing program at a midwestern community college. Specifically, this study collected the rich engagement stories andmeaning participants assignedto their stories and experiences. The essence of these experiences was solicited by asking two questions: (a) What are the perceived on-campus engagement experiences and social networks that support and promote success amongadult ELL students in advanced manufacturing and(b) Are there perceived engagement experience issues and barriers for adult ELL students? Two theories, Alexander ...


Whiteness Faq: Responses And Tools For Confronting College Classroom Questions, Naomi W. Nishi, Cheryl E. Matias, Roberto Montoya, Geneva L. Sarcedo Jan 2016

Whiteness Faq: Responses And Tools For Confronting College Classroom Questions, Naomi W. Nishi, Cheryl E. Matias, Roberto Montoya, Geneva L. Sarcedo

Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis

Instructors and students with a critical race perspective are frequently confronted and often marginalized by questions of whiteness in the college classroom. These questions work to reinforce and promote white norms and ultimately white supremacy. This theoretical article and pedagogical tool responds to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) that exude whiteness in the classroom directly, offering critical responses backed by literature, research, and theory. We also respond to the questions subcontextually, naming the assumptions that are embedded in these whiteness questions and deconstructing them. We offer pedagogical strategies for responding to and resisting whiteness in the classroom when whiteness FAQs ...


The Needs For Interdisciplinary Collaborations For Preparing Future Fashion Technocrats, Deepika Raj, Jung Ha-Brookshire Nov 2015

The Needs For Interdisciplinary Collaborations For Preparing Future Fashion Technocrats, Deepika Raj, Jung Ha-Brookshire

International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings

As many new startups and well-established companies are coming up with WT products, there is a need for employees trained from interdisciplinary fields to satisfy the unique work demands of such firms. New technologies, such as WT and 3D printing, can play a huge role in the fashion industry. Therefore, to prepare students for these work requirements, curricula in fashion-related schools and universities will have to be updated. However, there is a huge gap in the literature to understand the interactions between apparel designers and technology engineers. To address this issue, the objectives of this research were to explore: (a ...


A University And Community Partnership For Enhancing Rural Business Performance And Sustainability: The Iowa Retail Initiative, Linda S. Niehm, Jessica L. Hurst, Hui Tan Nov 2015

A University And Community Partnership For Enhancing Rural Business Performance And Sustainability: The Iowa Retail Initiative, Linda S. Niehm, Jessica L. Hurst, Hui Tan

International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings

Rural communities and businesses are in need of fresh approaches aimed at enhancing business and community growth, entrepreneurship, resilient response to change, and sustainability. To address the need for a more coordinated approach to rural retail business assistance, we proposed and received significant funding for a university-community partnership model called the Iowa Retail Initiative (IRI). The IRI unites university researchers, faculty, Extension professionals, students, and community partners to fulfill the university’s land grant vision of combining science, technology, and creativity to improve the quality of life in Iowa by creating thriving rural communities.


The Market Day Simulation: Collaboration Through Experience, Courtney Cothren, Kirsteen Buchanan, Monica Mcmurry Nov 2015

The Market Day Simulation: Collaboration Through Experience, Courtney Cothren, Kirsteen Buchanan, Monica Mcmurry

International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings

Today’s graduates need skills that transcend traditional job descriptions combining interpersonal skills and the abilities to build relationships with business partners. A key component of many job advertisements are that the applicant be “a team player.” Our Market Day project gives students needed experiences that imitate the partnerships they will build in their future career endeavors.


A Multiple Case Study Of Professional Development And Perspective Change Within The Cooperative Extensive Service, Judith Myers Levings Jan 2014

A Multiple Case Study Of Professional Development And Perspective Change Within The Cooperative Extensive Service, Judith Myers Levings

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This multi-case study explored individual and organizational perspective change by analyzing two long-term, management-supported professional development courses within the Cooperative Extension Service (CES). Data sources consisted of a survey of course participants, and interviews of selected participants and course designers. More than one half of the participants in both courses self-reported a perspective change, although only 5 of the 16 participant interviews revealed premise reflection--a necessary condition in this study for a perspective change. Seven learning themes were identified, five of which were similar to the transformational learning phases identified by Mezirow (1991). The two themes not similar to Mezirow ...


Improving Extension Programs: Putting Public Value Stories And Statements To Work, Nancy K. Franz Jun 2013

Improving Extension Programs: Putting Public Value Stories And Statements To Work, Nancy K. Franz

Extension and Outreach Research and Scholarship

Extension has begun to embrace the public value movement that originated in public administration circles. The motivation appears to be driven by external accountability rather than internal interest in improving programming and results. The development of public value statements and stories can be used throughout the program cycle and for other program and professional tasks to help address internal and external cries for the articulation of public value. Extension workers should use public value statements and stories in their work on a daily basis in a variety of ways to enhance their effectiveness and the transformative impact of their programs.


The Data Party: Involving Stakeholders In Meaningful Data Analysis, Nancy K. Franz, Nancy K. Franz Feb 2013

The Data Party: Involving Stakeholders In Meaningful Data Analysis, Nancy K. Franz, Nancy K. Franz

Extension and Outreach Research and Scholarship

A hallmark of Extension includes the involvement of stakeholders in research and program needs assessment, design, implementation, evaluation, and reporting. A data party can be used to enhance this stakeholder involvement specifically in data analysis. This type of event can not only increase client participation in Extension programming and research but also enhance community buy-in, reinforce human and community development, and provide more authentic data interpretation.


The Benefits And Challenges Hospitality Management Students Experience By Working In Conjunction With Completing Their Studies, Donald G. Schoffstall Jan 2013

The Benefits And Challenges Hospitality Management Students Experience By Working In Conjunction With Completing Their Studies, Donald G. Schoffstall

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Previous researchers have suggested that in order to be successful in the hospitality industry, students need to obtain work experience in addition to completing their degrees. Although the benefit of gaining such experience from the industry viewpoint has been well documented, few studies have assessed the benefits and challenges faced by students. The purpose of this research study was to examine the benefits and challenges hospitality students may be confronted with when they work while completing their degrees.

Web-based questionnaires were utilized to gather the responses of hospitality students and hospitality graduates in this nationwide study that included 31 hospitality ...


Examining The Construct Validity And Reliability Of Student Engagement Among Adult Students, Kip Bottenfield Jan 2013

Examining The Construct Validity And Reliability Of Student Engagement Among Adult Students, Kip Bottenfield

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Adult students are an important subgroup in higher education. They are returning to school in numbers at higher percentage rates than their traditional counterparts. Between 2000 and 2010, the enrollment of students under age 25 increased by 34%; however, enrollment of students 25 years and over rose 42% during the same period. From 2010 to 2020, the U.S. Department of Education projects a rise of 11% in enrollments of students under 25 and a rise of 20% in enrollments of students 25 years and over (NCES, 2012). As adult students are enrolling in institutions of higher education for myriad ...


Smallholder Farmer Assets, Extension And Marketing In Uganda, Qian Sun Jan 2013

Smallholder Farmer Assets, Extension And Marketing In Uganda, Qian Sun

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The study was initiated to understand how asset building, combined with appropriate extension services, can enable smallholder farmers to address marketing problems. Interviews were conducted in 2009 with 317 farm households in Kamuli district, Eastern Uganda, who were participants in a sustainable rural livelihoods program, led by an indigenous non-governmental organization with support from Ugandan and U.S. universities. Training and support provided opportunities to improve production of crops and livestock, income, nutrition and well-being. Key research questions are: (i) How is the level of smallholders' assets associated with access to extension services? (ii) What influence do assets and extension ...


Joe's Niche In The Extension Scholarship Movement, Nancy K. Franz, Celvia E. Stovall Oct 2012

Joe's Niche In The Extension Scholarship Movement, Nancy K. Franz, Celvia E. Stovall

Extension and Outreach Research and Scholarship

Extension's sustainability is tied to relationships with academia. Now more than ever, Extension faculty and staff need to integrate their work into the aims of their university to gain credibility, relevance, and support. This requires Extension workers to more deeply and widely document and share the scholarship of their work with academics and stakeholders. Extension workers should look more often to the Journal of Extension as the premier Extension journal in North America to help address this need. The journal provides a number of factors and services that contribute to developing and sustaining a culture of Extension scholarship.


Stories And Storytelling In Extension Work, Scott Peters, Nancy K. Franz Aug 2012

Stories And Storytelling In Extension Work, Scott Peters, Nancy K. Franz

Extension and Outreach Research and Scholarship

Deep budget cuts, increased accountability, and the growth of anti-government and anti-intellectual sentiments place Extension systems in a defensive position. In response, we're engaging in organizational change exercises, restructuring, regionalizing, rewriting mission statements, and developing strategic plans. We're spending considerable time counting and measuring our efforts to defend the public impacts and value of our work. In this article we argue that we also need to become better storytellers by learning how to craft and strategically communicate stories that capture important truths about the public value, meaning, and significance of our work.


Tea Time: Raising Awareness And Support For Extension, Nancy K. Franz, Chris Fahey Jun 2012

Tea Time: Raising Awareness And Support For Extension, Nancy K. Franz, Chris Fahey

Extension and Outreach Research and Scholarship

In a time of reliance on electronic media for information, chaotic programming environments, and declining public resources, Extension workers need to find unique ways to connect with stakeholders to maintain and increase support for programming. To address this need, we developed, conducted, and evaluated a series of stakeholder teas. We found this method of communicating with stakeholders builds social, political, and fiscal support for Extension programming.


Extension's Future: Time For Disruptive Innovation, Nancy K. Franz, Ronald A. Cox Apr 2012

Extension's Future: Time For Disruptive Innovation, Nancy K. Franz, Ronald A. Cox

Extension and Outreach Research and Scholarship

Extension has been considered change averse by some scholars and practitioners, and they claim this inhibits organizational growth and relevance. Pockets of individuals and teams across the nation have worked independently as entrepreneurs to enhance Extension's relevance by introducing organizational processes and programs that greatly differ from past practices. However, every Extension system, team, and worker has a role to play in the disruptive innovation process. This may include exploring, implementing, or evaluating disruptive organizational innovations, or removing barriers, resourcing, or supporting a culture of innovation to enhance relevance and sustainability.


The Development Of A Food Safety Brochure For Families: The Use Of Formative Evaluation And Plain Language Strategies, Christina Perry, Julie Albrecht, Ruth E. Litchfield, Rebecca L. Meysenburg, Ida Ngyin Er, Adeline Lum, Sam Beattie, Carol Larvick, Carol Schwarz, Jan Temple, Elizabeth A. Meimann Feb 2012

The Development Of A Food Safety Brochure For Families: The Use Of Formative Evaluation And Plain Language Strategies, Christina Perry, Julie Albrecht, Ruth E. Litchfield, Rebecca L. Meysenburg, Ida Ngyin Er, Adeline Lum, Sam Beattie, Carol Larvick, Carol Schwarz, Jan Temple, Elizabeth A. Meimann

Food Science and Human Nutrition Publications

Printed materials have been used extensively as an educational tool to increase food safety awareness. Few educational materials have been designed to target families with young children for food safety education. This article reports the use of the formative evaluation process to develop a brochure designed to enhance awareness about food safety among primary food handlers of families with children 10 years and under. Quantitative and qualitative evaluation included the use of plain language principles and two focus groups with target audience members. Application of systematic formative evaluation can help health practitioners develop more effective consumer-centered educational materials.


How Multiple Roles Influence Adult College Women's Online Student Experiences In A Rural Community College Context, Lisa Carol Hetzel Jan 2012

How Multiple Roles Influence Adult College Women's Online Student Experiences In A Rural Community College Context, Lisa Carol Hetzel

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore how adult college women attending rural community colleges experience being an online student. A study of this nature was warranted as enrollment in online courses continues to increase (Allen & Seaman, 2010) and as women are more likely to enroll in online courses (Kramarae, 2001; van Prummer, 2011). Femininst standpoint theory guided the study while identity theory (Stryker, 1968) was applied to findings. Online research methods were used to collect data. Four themes characterized participants online student experience: 1) motivation to enroll in online courses, 2) expectations and realities about online experience, 3) impact of identity (ies) on experience, and 4) meaning of being an online student ...


Second Chances: Making Meaning From Adult Literacy Students Returning To School, Helene Joyce Grossman Jan 2012

Second Chances: Making Meaning From Adult Literacy Students Returning To School, Helene Joyce Grossman

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Sokolowski (2000) summarized the phenomenological attitude by saying, "We look at what we normally look through" (p. 50). Through interviews and document analysis, this study looked at the lives of six students and their decision to return to their education to earn a high school diploma. The purpose of this study was to illuminate how the students made meaning of their return to education, considering their life experiences and significant people who influenced them in their lives.

The findings of the study reflect that although the students may have experienced trigger events that led them to transition back into a ...


Implementation Of School Districts' Food Safety Plans And Perceptions Of Support For Food Safety And Training In Child Nutrition Programs In One Usda Region, Cynthia Ann Dawso Van Druff Jan 2012

Implementation Of School Districts' Food Safety Plans And Perceptions Of Support For Food Safety And Training In Child Nutrition Programs In One Usda Region, Cynthia Ann Dawso Van Druff

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

School foodservice directors (FSDs) and school business officials (SBOs) in public school districts with enrollments between 2,500 and 25,000 in the USDA Mid-Atlantic geographic region provided responses to a paper-and-pencil survey. The FSDs assessed the level of implementation of a mandated school food safety plan in their districts and perceived administrative support and also identified the district's food safety training efforts. These findings were compared with SBOs identified knowledge and levels of support for the district's child nutrition program. These variables along with FSD and SBO demographic data and district characteristics were analyzed to determine if ...


Training Development For Pavement Preservation: Chip Sealing And Fog Sealing, Angel Daniel Morandeira Jan 2012

Training Development For Pavement Preservation: Chip Sealing And Fog Sealing, Angel Daniel Morandeira

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The benefits of pavement preservation are only achieved if properly selected, designed, and applied. In some cases there is a lack of training when conducting one of these steps and the objective of applying pavement preservation techniques gets hampered. Literature on pavement preservation is extensive, but from a training point of view there is no structured approach on how to train people for selecting, designing, and applying pavement preservation techniques.

The objective of the research is to develop a training learning management system that addresses pavement preservation treatments (chip seals, fog seals, slurry systems, and crack seals and fills) as ...


The Situational Analysis Of The Language Needs At The Bp Language Center In Basra, Iraq., Lana Abdulmahdi Al Mudhaffar Jan 2012

The Situational Analysis Of The Language Needs At The Bp Language Center In Basra, Iraq., Lana Abdulmahdi Al Mudhaffar

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

In 2003 Iraq faced a variety of abrupt sociocultural changes following the advent of war and the end of the Sadaam Hussein regime. The subsequent ten years of reconstruction brought about new needs and demands for Iraq and its population. These challenges came to light with Iraq's sudden thrust into a global environment, where English is becoming increasingly important. This study examines the evolving language needs of Rumaila Operation Organization (ROO) employees based in Basra. Specifically, the need for course work that will improve English language skills and enhance performance in the work place is critical. Due to the ...


Stress: Taking Charge—Managing Stress In Young Families, Kimberly A. Greder Nov 2011

Stress: Taking Charge—Managing Stress In Young Families, Kimberly A. Greder

Human Sciences Extension and Outreach Publications

Find tips to manage time and money, resolve conflicts, plan food at home, and eat well.


Advancing The Public Value Movement: Sustaining Extension During Tough Times, Nancy K. Franz Apr 2011

Advancing The Public Value Movement: Sustaining Extension During Tough Times, Nancy K. Franz

Extension and Outreach Research and Scholarship

Extension must more fully and adeptly embrace the public value movement to be sustainable as a publicly funded organization, or our demise as an organization will continue. The public value steps outlined here and piloted with several Extension systems and national work groups can be informative for others interested in capturing and sharing the public value of Extension work. Overall, the Extension public value banner needs to be held high as we struggle to change the perception of our work by addressing this as a "movement" in our organizational development and not a "response" to the economic environment.


Nutrition Education Program Assistants: A Leverage Point For Collecting Authentic Program Data, Mary Mcferren, Nancy K. Franz, Michael Lambur Oct 2010

Nutrition Education Program Assistants: A Leverage Point For Collecting Authentic Program Data, Mary Mcferren, Nancy K. Franz, Michael Lambur

Extension and Outreach Research and Scholarship

Extension administrators and educators wonder why low-income audiences refrain from participating or underparticipate in educational opportunities. This may be due to a gap between administrator or educator views of program participation barriers versus the lived experience of low-income audiences. Virginia Cooperative Extension worked to bridge this gap in perspectives by using Nutrition Program Assistants as a leverage point for recruiting and gathering authentic data on program participation from low-income individuals. Even though program assistants rarely serve in this role, their connection with low-income clientele and groups that serve them is invaluable for gathering authentic program data.


Farmer, Agent, And Specialist Perspectives On Preferences For Learning Among Today's Farmers, Nancy K. Franz, Fred Piercy, Joseph Donaldson, Johnnie Westbrook, Robert Richard Jun 2010

Farmer, Agent, And Specialist Perspectives On Preferences For Learning Among Today's Farmers, Nancy K. Franz, Fred Piercy, Joseph Donaldson, Johnnie Westbrook, Robert Richard

Extension and Outreach Research and Scholarship

Few studies have examined the types of educational delivery methods preferred by farmers (Eckert & Bell, 2005; Eckert & Bell, 2006). The research project reported here explored the preferred learning methods of farmers in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Virginia. Data on learning methods collected directly from farmers were compared with preferred teaching methods of Extension agents and specialists. The findings should shape agent and specialist perspectives on appropriate educational delivery methods when educating farmers and working towards farmer adoption of new practices.


Catalyzing Transformation: Conditions In Extension Educational Environments That Promote Change, Nancy K. Fran, Barry A. Garst, Sarah Baughman, Chris Smith, Brian Peters Aug 2009

Catalyzing Transformation: Conditions In Extension Educational Environments That Promote Change, Nancy K. Fran, Barry A. Garst, Sarah Baughman, Chris Smith, Brian Peters

Nancy K. Franz

Extension faculty and administrators have suggested Cooperative Extension's goal and niche is transformative education—to bring about deep change in individuals, families, and communities. However even though transformative learning appears to be a desirable approach to Extension education, few scholars and practitioners have examined the conditions in Extension learning environments that promote transformation. In fact, Extension agents and faculty ask what they can do to increase the likelihood their work will result in transformation. The research reported here explored conditions that catalyze transformation in two Extension educational contexts: 1) Cornell Cooperative Extension agent/specialist work teams and 2) Virginia ...