The JIAEE is the official refereed publication of the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education. Its purpose is to enhance the research and knowledge base of agricultural and extension education from an international perspective.
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The JIAEE Managing Board is directed by Alexa Lamm, Executive Editor and Todd Brashears, Managing Editor and Kristina Hains, Past Editor.
From the Executive Editor
Hello from beautiful Lexington, Kentucky! While you may still be mulling over the great articles published in Special Issue #1, we are very excited to share with you Special Issue #2! For this special issue, we wanted to focus on something that is impacting all of us around the world – the COVID-19 pandemic.
We broadened this focus just slightly to include other aspects of disruptive change – pandemics, climate issues and other global crises. Once we sent out the call, what we found was astounding. We learned that many of you are doing research on this topic; as a result, we ended up with an overwhelming answer to our call – so many great submissions, in fact, that we decided to split the accepted submissions into two special issues. Thus, we published JIAEE 2021 Special Issue #1 in January and are following up with Special Issue #2 in March.
Exclusive to Special Issue #2 are two research notes and four feature research articles that address disruptive change in unique ways, in order to call into question how we currently address change, and to push the boundaries of how we should tackle challenging issues in the future. More specifically:
We begin with a Research Note that introduces a new public value instrument and discusses how it was utilized to determine the impact of extension programming during shelter-in-place orders during COVID-19. Our second research note harkens back to an earlier time in United States history, when victory gardens were all the rage. A contemporary application, the Victory2020 Garden Community Program was designed by Florida Extension faculty n response to COVID-19 – to provide online programming that encouraged learning about home food production through gardening.
The Research Feature articles focus on a variety of challenges associated with disruptive change.
We begin with an article focused on assessing the capacity of Caribbean extension and advisory service providers. Researchers found that governments played an important role in ensuring local food security during a global pandemic, and Extension officers utilized ICTs to provide some programming, while still facing a number of barriers when carrying out their Extension duties. In our next article, researchers focused on crisis communication, and explored the differences in how rural and urban Extension faculty communicated during and after a natural disaster. Interestingly, urban audiences chose more personal mediums when communicating personally about the hurricane, while rural participants preferred to use social media outlets.
Shifting strategies during a pandemic was the focus of our next article, more specifically looking at the Start Them Early Program (STEP). The STEP program – whose goal is to reinforce pathways to careers in agriculture for secondary students in DR Congo, Kenya and Nigeria – had to rethink its approach and embrace information and communication technologies (ICTs) due to school closures to keep the program moving forward.
Again, we end this special issue with a research article focused on a different disaster – Tropical Storm Karen. More specifically, researchers investigated the disaster preparedness and response strategies of agricultural extension professionals in Trinidad during Tropical Storm Karen. Utilizing a posttraumatic growth inventory to determine impact on individuals of traumatic events, research results suggested that females may be more adaptive to traumatic events and receptive to perceiving positive benefits resulting from these events. Overall, this information could be utilized when working with individuals recovering from natural disasters.
Please take the time to read and enjoy these interesting articles, and maybe stretch your thought processes a bit. It has been a pleasure to read the variety of perspectives and resolutions each of you have come up with in response to disruptive change. And finally, as usual, continue doing the great work you do within the field.
Kristina D. Hains
Past Editor, JIAEE