Title

Determining Human Development Competency Training Needs of FCS Extension Professionals

Proposal Focus

Research

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Extension agents with Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) programmatic responsibilities come from a variety of backgrounds but are expected to implement educational programs across FCS knowledge areas. This study examined [state] University Extension personnel’s perceived importance of and perceived ability related to human development competencies. There was a significant difference between how specialists (state-level) and agents (county-level) perceived the importance of three of the five human development concepts. Most agents’ perceived their ability across the human development competencies to be average or just above average. Using the perceived importance and perceived ability data from the agents, next steps include piloting a novel rank-order method which will yield data concerning the relative need for training and the percent of agents needing training in each competency. This information can be used to provide targeted professional development to agents.

Keywords

human development, competencies, Extension, professional development

Location

Yorkshire

Start Date

4-4-2020 9:00 AM

End Date

4-4-2020 9:50 AM

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Determining Human Development Competency Training Needs of FCS Extension Professionals

Yorkshire

Extension agents with Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) programmatic responsibilities come from a variety of backgrounds but are expected to implement educational programs across FCS knowledge areas. This study examined [state] University Extension personnel’s perceived importance of and perceived ability related to human development competencies. There was a significant difference between how specialists (state-level) and agents (county-level) perceived the importance of three of the five human development concepts. Most agents’ perceived their ability across the human development competencies to be average or just above average. Using the perceived importance and perceived ability data from the agents, next steps include piloting a novel rank-order method which will yield data concerning the relative need for training and the percent of agents needing training in each competency. This information can be used to provide targeted professional development to agents.