Title

Catalyzing Transformation: Conditions in Extension Educational Environments that Promote Change

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-2009

Publication Title

Journal of Extension

Volume

47

Issue

4

Publisher

Extension Journal, Inc.

Abstract

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 4-H Camps.