Extension Wildlife & Fisheries Specialists Conferences


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Published in W. Daniel Edge, ed. Proceedings of the 8th National Extension Wildlife and Fisheries Specialists Workshop: Educational Challenges for the 21st Century. [1996] Corvallis, Oregon: Oregon State University, 1998.


Personal traits and techniques of facilitators enable theory to affect practice. Facilitators are guides working within the ethos of the situation to reduce stresses, open the minds of participants, and clear the paths of communication to find what can be accomplished instead of preserving the status quo of what cannot be accomplished. Facilitators should leave their biases at the door and help others to do the same, except for upholding two considerations: 1) the integrity of resources in question; and 2) the dignity of persons who question. Abilities to do the right job are as important as doing the job right, and the two considerations should not be confused.