Vol. 15(2) Summer 08
From the Editors
The Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education has identified 11 knowledge categories and five U.N. Geographical Regions for which research is reported. When we moved to the online Manuscript FastTrack, a content analysis was conducted with all past issues to determine appropriate keywords for indexing purposes. When you are submitting a new document, you should look at the document topics to determine your five to seven key words to include on your manuscript. Reviewers are selected based upon these key words. It is necessary for authors to also select the document topics when submitting a manuscript. This can be easily achieved by holding down the control key, scrolling through the document topics, and clicking on those key words.
The eleven topics encompass the multidisciplinary nature of our work, but should specifically define our knowledge areas for the profession. They are:
- Education (Adult Learning, Curriculum Issues, Distance Learning, Experiential Learning, Faculty Teaching, Higher Education, Information Technology, Primary/Secondary Education, and Student Issues);
- Environmental Issues (Agro-ecology, Energy, Ecotourism, Health Care, Natural Resources, Solid Waste Management, and Wildlife Biology);
- Extension (Administration and Policy, Curriculum Development, Delivery, Methods, Programs, Systems and Models, and Theory and Practice);
- Partnerships (Community-based Organizations, Cooperatives, Governmental Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, and Public-Private Networks);
- Perspectives (Age, Ethnicity, Gender, Historical, and Philosophical);
- Planning and Evaluation (Accountability, Competencies, Needs Assessment, Program Effectiveness, and Program Evaluation);
- Management (Administration, Communications, Leadership, and Marketing);
- Managing Change (Change Theory, Entrepreneurship, Planned Change, Public Good, Social Change, and Technology Transfer);
- Research and Methods (Case Study Research, Experimental Research, Participatory Rural Appraisal, Qualitative Research, Rapid Rural Appraisal, and Survey Research);
- Teaching and Learning (Instructional Design and Delivery, Learner Characteristics, Learning Outcomes, Learning Theory, Teacher Education, and Teaching Methods);
- Training and Development (Capacity-Building, Community Development, Farmers, Human Resource Development, Participatory Training, Professional Development, Programmatic Issues, Sustainable Development, and Youth Organizations); and
- U.N. Geographical Regions: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.
Choosing keywords from the document topic list in the Manuscript FastTrack allows us to match manuscript reviews and determine the appropriateness of the article to our readership.
James R. Lindner and Kim E. Dooley, Editors
Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education