Recent calls for "engagement" have land-grant institutions searching for ways to develop "two-way" partnerships between universities and communities for broad civic purposes. The renewal of a powerful but little understood tradition of educational organizing in Cooperative Extension work can help place Extension on the front lines of this important work. In this article, the author traces and discusses the roots of the tradition of educational organizing, shedding light on one of the most inspiring forgotten chapters of cooperative Extension history.
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Peters, S. J. (2002). Rousing the People on the Land: The Roots of the Educational Organizing Tradition in Extension Work. The Journal of Extension, 40(3), Article 4. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol40/iss3/4