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Alan J. Hahn (1997)

Alan Hahn has made major contributions to his fellow extension educators through his leadership in advancing public issues education methodology. Hahn's insights from the disciplines of government and public affairs have helped in addressing the complexities of modern issues, changing decision-making processes and new extension audiences. Hahn earned a Ph.D. degree in Government in 1969 from Indiana University from which he also holds a M.A. in Government and a B.A. in Sociology. He joined the Department of Consumer Economics and Housing at Cornell University in 1969 where he served until 1976. From 1976 until he retired in 1996, he was on the faculty of the Department of Human Service Studies. Hahn has served on the Northeast Public Policy Education Committee and has been a presenter at a number of National Public Policy Conferences. Hahn has been a major contributor to several publications of enduring quality. He wrote "Education for Public Decisions" modules of "Working with Our Publics" ("Stages of Decision-making" in Unit II and "Issues Evolution/Educational Intervention" in Unit IV). He was a leader of the 1993-94 Public Issues Education Task Force of the National Public Policy Education Committee which led to publication of Public Issues Education: Increasing Competence in Resolving Public Issues. He was lead writer for the sections on working with the news media and evaluating public issues education (Chapter 4). Educating About Public Issues: Lessons from Eleven Innovative Public Policy Education Projects, co-authored with Jennifer Greene evaluated eleven innovative policy education projects and in the process identified lessons learned about effective coalitions for public policy education.




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