Extension agents' use of information sources

Rama B. Radhakrishna, Joan S. Thomson

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This article describes the extent of information use by Extension agents in the United States. A random sample of 191 agents responded to a three-part questionnaire. The major findings were: (a) Extension agents need an item for information the same day to answer a client's inquiry; and (b) agents frequently communicate with a number of information sources-clients, other agents, Extension specialists, local news agencies, and local business organizations. Significant differences were found between demographic characteristics (age, gender, education level, and primary are of program responsibility) and information sources used. Staff development and Extension information services should use these findings to make informed decisions regarding production of educational materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-47
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Extension
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


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