Extension educators in all program areas have become increasingly involved with controversial public issues in recent years. Given the nature of these issues and the expectations placed on agents and specialists by the public and by university officials, Extension's continued involvement seems inevitable. This article provides a conceptual framework that identifies potential roles for public officials, the general public, and Extension professionals in dealing with public issues. The article concludes with some specific advice for Extension educators involved with programming that addresses controversial topics.
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Patton, D. B., & Blaine, T. W. (2001). Public Issues Education: Exploring Extension's Role. The Journal of Extension, 39(4), Article 4. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol39/iss4/4