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4 > Image 4 of Kentucky Alumnus, 1985, No. 4

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l X. ` a r l KMTBB UK Cool Experts Help S.A. Co. Agent's Role Chonging it Twenty-two outstanding Kentucky Two UK coal mining experts traveled The role of the county extension agent mathematics teachers attending a Na- to Peru as part ofa team ofU.S. scien- is changing due to the shift toward a lj tional Science Foundation honors work- tists helping to develop the coal industry more information-oriented society, say shop and computer network program in in South America. two University of Kentucky sociolo- _]u|y at UK had a common goal-devel Curt Harvey and Anthony Szwilski gists. oping an electronic Kentucky Math were in Lima, Peru, in june to speak at Drs. James A. Christenson and Paul l Teacher Bulletin Board which will be- the "Workshop on the Utilization of D. Warner presented their findings to Ll gin operation this fall. The KMTBB Coal as an Alternative to Petroleum the annual meeting of the American As- will allow teachers to share teaching Fuels in the Andean Regions." Gov- sociation for the Advancement of Sci- ideas and software programs. The ernment and industry representatives ence in a paper titled "Extension Client I KMTBB will make noncopyright soft- from Peru, Bolivia, Equador and Chile Impact in Knowledge Transfer Pro- ware available and provide interesting attended. cesses." math problems and comments on issues The UK scientists explained how the The extension service was formed in of importance to teachers. The teachers experiences of the coal industry in Ken- the early 1900s to transfer agricultural are learning how to operate a VAX tucky and Appalachia may be applica- research findings to farmers. At the computer for math sciences which they ble in South America. time, many rural areas were isolated l may access by telephone from their mi- Harvey and Szwilski were among 10 and illiteracy was common. crocomputers at home. For further in- scientists and professionals selected by Highways and mass media have formation, contact Dr, Don Coleman the National Academy of Sciences, un- changed that, say the authors, leading ~ (606) 257-4802. der the sponsorship of the Agency for to the question: What is the role of ex- - International Development, to partici- tension in an information age? pate in the South American conference. Christenson and Warner said the ef- T Y" fectiveness of extension agents is limit- f ul 4Vr_//.//" ed when their role is viewed strictly as D // conduits of information. Alternately, if I bl i %,,_ extension agents serve in the role of A ,3i5sv"{;i/Elllil~ educators, their effectiveness will be en- ` hl "},;;ll/:2/gf;/*f., -= hanced considerably, particularly if they V bf +";:;,.m)?x_;,R work closely with university researchers _ C2 N"",ljll'/lll- in developing ideas and technologies to CE serve the needs of the local population. pf Although today many public and pri- l cf - vate information sources are available I pf -==-`-=:-- , -= to the general public, there are few pro- 3; :,;==`,$ =, fessionals working at the local level to glaz-six`, interpret the information being provid- i lc` -=g\` ed. The authors say this is a key role for t la 4 extension in an information society. I W' Christenson is chairman of the UK l hz sociology department, which is under Wl the auspices of both the College of Agri- l SN culture and the College of Arts and Sci- IY ences. ~ lc' Warner is an extension professor in ' m the UK sociology department and is as- bf sistant director of the Cooperative Ex- l Pl` tension Service, which is housed in the { PE College of Agriculture. EX , Tl 1 A1 Q cit 2 UK l