Journal of Extension
New initiatives centered on science, engineering, and technology (SET) in 4-H may be moving away from the long-established adult volunteer delivery model. This shift in delivery may be due to a lack of availability of adult volunteers who possess the necessary SET competencies to effectively lead 4-H clubs. One way to offset this trend may be to blend traditional face-to-face training with continuous training efforts that include asynchronous on-line training modules, synchronous Web-based meetings, and self-directed learning. This new 4-H SET Volunteer Competencies Training Model is being tested in the Nebraska 4-H Robotics and GPS/GIS program.
Barker, Bradley S.; Grandgenett, Neal; and Nugent, Gwen, "A New Model of 4-H Volunteer Development in Science, Engineering, and Technology Programs" (2009). Teacher Education Faculty Publications. 38.