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 Dr. Kristina Hains, Executive Editor, Dr. Alexa Lamm, Managing Editor, and Dr. Robert Strong, Past Editor.
From the Executive Editor
Hello from chilly (but to be fair, it is winter) Lexington, Kentucky! Hopefully you have just finished reading our final 2019 issue in December, but I’m very excited to share with you our 2020 Special Issue. We have begun to publish a special issue once a year (in the future, this will usually occur in January) that focuses on issues the editorial board feels are pertinent and salient to our practitioners, researchers and readers. For this special issue, the focus is on a theory that many consider foundational to our field – Everett Rogers’ Diffusion of Innovations theory.
Specifically, the focus for this special issue was Advances in the Application of Diffusion of Innovations. This theory, which has been used frequently as a theoretical lens for publications within the field (you can see proof of this within the pages of the JIAEE), has served as the backbone of much of the work within agricultural and extension education. As such, we determined it was time to spend some time thinking deeply about a theory that has helped shape our field.
Exclusive to this special issue, are six articles that utilize diffusion in a unique way, to push the boundaries of what we already know about how innovations are diffused. More specifically:
We begin with a Research Note that focuses on how change agents can use networked learning communities (NLCs) to provide support for learning and influence implementation of innovations within a social system.
The next three Research Feature articles challenge us by linking Diffusion of Innovations theory with other equally salient concepts or theories. By connecting Diffusion of Innovations with Service Learning, a model of Emotional Influence, and the Spiral of Silence, we challenge not only how we think about utilizing these models, but also the role that Diffusion of Innovations can play in concert with other theories, in new and emerging fields.
Finally, we end with two research articles that apply this theory within significant on-the-ground international applications. Whether your interest in this special issue is more theoretical in nature, or you are looking for practical applications related to this important theory, there is something for everyone. Please enjoy these innovative articles, and maybe push your thought processes a little bit regarding Diffusion of Innovations. And finally, as usual, continue doing the great work you do within the field.
Kristina D. Hains
Past Editor, JIAEE