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dc.contributor.authorSchwarz, Michael Hansen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:19:17Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:19:17Z
dc.date.issued2005-11-18en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-11282005-170138en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/29768
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study was to identify continuing education and training needs of aquaculture Extension agents, specialists, and program administrators on the list serve AQUA-EXT. Ten competency areas were evaluated regarding perceived importance, and need for continuing education or training. In addition, 14 resources on the Aquaculture Network Information Center (AquaNIC) website were evaluated from this population for frequency of use and recommended improvements. Lastly, demographic data were collected to determine possible relationships to continuing education and training needs. The survey population was the AQUA-EXT list serve membership (N = 223), of which 174 responded. AQUA-EXT is a Web based mail group established by the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service as a means of disseminating information to the Extension community with work and interest in aquaculture. Data were collected with an online survey conducted via the interactive and encrypted Web site www.survey.vt.edu. Upon completion, data were exported into, and analyzed via the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). A majority of Extension agents, specialists, and program administrators did not require significant continuing education or training to accomplish their work effectively. However, general agreement among the three groups was for continuing education in the areas of program evaluation, information technologies, and human development. Regarding the AquaNIC website, 52% of Extension agents, 71% of specialists, and 81% of program administrators reported having used AquaNIC, however, use was infrequent. Recommendations to enhance Web site utility focused on requests to update and incorporate more comprehensive and in-depth information for all resource areas. Demographics indicated that mean ages for Extension agents, specialists, and program administrators were 47.9, 50.5, and 51.5 years respectively. Sixty three percent of agents indicated having master's degrees, and 63% and 72% respectively of specialists and program administrators indicated having doctorates. Means for years in their present position were 13.4, 13.2, and 8.4 years respectively for Extension agents, specialists, and program administrators, and 16.6, 16.1, and 15.5 respectively regarding total years in Cooperative Extension or Sea Grant. No statistical relationships between demographics and continuing education and training needs for Extension specialists, specialists, and program administrators were found.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspart1Intromaterials.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspart2disseration.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectprogrammingen_US
dc.subjectaquacultureen_US
dc.subjectassessmenten_US
dc.subjectextensionen_US
dc.subjectneedsen_US
dc.titleA Needs Assessment of Aquaculture Extension Agents, Specialists, and Program Administrators in Extension Programmingen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentTeaching and Learningen_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineCurriculum and Instructionen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairGibson, Jerry D.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberJensen, Gary R.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberLambur, Michael T.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHillison, John H.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCraig, Steven R.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-11282005-170138/en_US
dc.contributor.committeecochairStewart, Daisy L.en_US
dc.date.sdate2005-11-28en_US
dc.date.rdate2006-12-02
dc.date.adate2005-12-02en_US


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