The qualitative study reported here assessed the needs of agents related to new agent professional development to improve the current model. Agents who participated in new agent professional development within the last 5 years were selected to participate in focus groups to determine concerns and continued needs. Agents enjoyed networking and struggled with the time away from their home counties. Recommendations for improvement include integrating the idea of pre-entry competencies, developing online new agent professional development sessions, introducing new agents to existing communities of practice, developing new communities of practice, and developing more resources for new agents.
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Baker, L. M., & Hadley, G. (2014). The New Agent: A Qualitative Study to Strategically Adapt New Agent Professional Development. The Journal of Extension, 52(5), Article 10. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.52.05.10