From the Executive Editor
“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” - C. S. Lewis
The world is changing; changing rapidly. It is hard to keep up and (despite what C. S. Lewis says) it is even harder to envision what lies ahead is somehow better than what we left behind. We now keep distance from one another, we wear masks, many children were - and will continue to be - educated virtually from home, and educators at all levels are altering their classrooms and styles of teaching. Extension professionals find themselves seeking alternative ways to reach out to clientele since face-to-face communication has become more difficult and sometimes impossible. Terms used infrequently have become everyday occurrences: social distance, hybrid classrooms, and virtual meetings.
As agricultural and extension educators, communicators and leaders around the world, we are used to studying change. We examine how to alter how people think, believe, feel and act – behavior change is what we seek – whether it be changes in how we grow crops, changes in how we educate, changes in how we ensure a sustainable environment for future generations, or changes in how we keep our communities safe. We are seekers of change; identifying best practices for educating and communicating with others so they can change and make the world a better place. Despite all this, change in our own lives, and the disruptions occurring across our global society, can feel overwhelming and extremely difficult to navigate.
Look through the August 2020 issue of the JIAEE and you will notice a wide variety of research projects that examine change in many capacities. First, you will find two Research Notes of interest: both of which examine ways to support educators and entrepreneurs as they strive to change their businesses and extension systems. These are brief, to the point, pieces that offer real world examples of the power of mentoring and building supportive systems to achieve goals.
Moving into our Feature Articles, I encourage those of you seeking new research methods to take a good look at the research projects conducted by Borron et al., Roberts et al., and Dobbins et al. that offer new scales and examples of less often used research methods. They are all intriguing pieces that provide insights into new ways of doing research. In addition, you will find two articles testing adoption models that could be applied around the world including the Integrated Extension Model, tested by Sarker et al. in Bangladesh, and the Concerns-based Adoption Model, tested by Mize et al. in Cambodia. There are also several studies examining the effectiveness of agricultural communications that are extremely informative as we are all being asked to come up with creative, distanced, ways of reaching our clientele.
I encourage you to read the articles in this August 2020 edition of JIAEE cover-to-cover recognizing that change and uncertainty can be difficult, but there are “far better things ahead.”
Alexa J. Lamm, PhD Executive Editor
The Development and Validation of a Personal Agency Scale Based in the Community Capitals Framework
Abigail Borron, Kevan W. Lamm, and Keith Atkins
Piloting of the Concerns-based Adoption Model: Farmer Concerns About the Participatory Guarantee System in Cambodia
Meghan Mize, Cary J. Trexler, Amanda Crump, Glenn M. Young, Borarin Buntong, and Karen LeGrand
Lived Experiences during International Service Learning: A Semiotic Analysis of Photo Journals
Catherine E. Dobbins, Kristin E. Gibson, Leslie D. Edgar, and Kim E. Dooley
Impact of Agricultural Communication Interventions on Improving Agricultural Productivity in Malawi
Fallys Masambuka-Kanchewa, Mary T. Rodriguez, Emily Buck, Jera Niewoehner-Green, and Alexa J. Lamm
Social Media Application in Agriculture Extension Programming for Small Scale Rural Farmers: Is Knowledge Impeding the Lack of Adoption?
Stephan Moonsammy and Donna Marie Renn Moonsammy
Awakening Transformative Learning: A Comparison of the Dissonance Experienced by Agriculture Majors During Study Abroad Courses to Costa Rica and Thailand
Janiece Pigg, Morgan A. Richardson, Richie Roberts, and Kristin S. Stair
A Typology of University Agriculture Students’ Projected Motivations to Study Abroad: An Application of Q Methodology
Ritchie Roberts, Shelli D. Rampold, Raegan Ramage, and Benita Komunjeru
Prospects and Evaluation of an Integrated Extension Model designed for Anthrax-free Area Development
Shahjahan Ali Sarker, Ajran Kabir Samin, Muket Mahmud, Nazmul Hoque, SK Shaheenur Islam, M. Asaduzzaman Sarker, Bahanur Rahman, and Nazmul Hussain Nazir
African Entrepreneurs’ Perceptions on the Mentoring Provided by a Cross-cultural Professional Development Experience: Implications for Future Program
Lisa K. Taylor, M. Craig Edwards, Marshall A. Baker, Craig E. Watters, and James A. Rutledge
Strengthening Coordination Among Extension Service Providers for Improved Provision of Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services: A Case Study from Kenya
Kevan W. Lamm, Fallys Masambuka-Kanchewa, Alexa J. Lamm, Kristin Davis, and Silim Nahdy