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Website Statistics: The Top 50 Most Read JOE Articles of 2008

The following 50 articles were the most viewed JOE articles between January 1 and December 31 of 2008. We offer this list as an indicator of trends in reader interest. It says a lot about the degree of interest people from around the world have in some of the topics discussed in JOE articles.

Bear in mind this list is not a reflection on the quality of the JOE articles that "made the list" as opposed to those that didn't. This list may be influenced by several factors (including the commonness of key phrases contained in a page and the length of time a page has been available online), and we caution against over interpretation.

  1. Understanding Employee Motivation
    James R. Lindner (Ohio State University)

    Issue: 1998 June
    No. of Views: 99,639
    2007 Rank: 1

  2. Empowerment: What is it
    Nanette Page, Cheryl E. Czuba (University of Connecticut Cooperative

    Extension System)
    Issue: 1999 October
    No. of Views: 33,567
    2007 Rank: 2

  3. Cronbach's Alpha: A Tool for Assessing the Reliability of Scales
    J. Reynaldo A. Santos (Texas A&M University)

    Issue: 1999 April
    No. of Views: 27,846
    2007 Rank: 3

  4. Nominal Group Technique: An Alternative to Brainstorming
    John A. Sample (Florida State University)

    Issue: 1984 March
    No. of Views: 20,221
    2007 Rank: 7

  5. What's Relationship Marketing?
    Bruce DeYoung (Oregon State University)

    Issue: 1988 Fall
    No. of Views: 18,620
    2007 Rank: 6

  6. How to Create and Use an Interactive PowerPoint Quiz Game
    Barbara O'Neil (Rutgers)

    Issue: 2003 April
    No. of Views: 16,999
    2007 Rank: 8

  7. An Organizational Culture Assessment Using the Competing Values Framework: A Profile of Ohio State University Extension
    Angel a. Berrio (National Institute for Agricultural Research, Maracay Venezuela)

    Issue: 2003 April
    No. of Views: 16,592
    2007 Rank: 4

  8. Assessing Your Collaboration: A Self Evaluation Tool
    Lynne M. Borden (Ohio State University), Daniel F. Perkins (University of Florida)

    Issue: 1999 April
    No. of Views: 15,107
    2007 Rank: 5

  9. Single-Parent Families Patricia Tanner Nelson (University of Delaware)
    Issue: 1986 Winter
    No. of Views: 10,475
    2007 Rank: 9

  10. Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs: Linking Research and Practice
    Marilyn J. Johns, Fe Moncloa, Elizabeth J. Gong (University of California Cooperative Extension)

    Issue: 2000 August
    No. of Views: 9,883
    2007 Rank: 10

  11. Creative Teaching: Simulations, Games, and Role Playing
    Karen DeBord (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University-Blacksburg)

    Issue: 1989 Summer
    No. of Views: 9,729
    2007 Rank: 15

  12. Refining Performance Appraisal
    Thomas F. Patterson (University of Vermont-Burlington)

    Issue: 1987 Winter
    No. of Views: 9,659
    2007 Rank: 13

  13. Risk Factors Affecting High School Drop Out Rates and 4-H Teen Program Planning
    Alexa Lamm, Amy Harder, Dennis Lamm, Herb Rose III, Glen Rask (Colorado State University)

    Issue: 2005 August
    No. of Views: 9,228
    2007 Rank: 18

  14. Effecting Extension Organizational Change Toward Cultural Diversity: A Conceptual Framework
    Ann C. Schauber (Oregon State University Extension)

    Issue: 2001 June
    No. of Views: 8,852
    2007 Rank: 12

  15. Are You Experiencing Burnout?
    O. Chris Igodan (Federal College of Education-Nigeria), L. H. Newcomb (Ohio State University)

    Issue: 1986 Spring
    No. of Views: 8,256
    2007 Rank: 11

  16. Defining Your Customer Profile - An Essential Tool
    Martha Bazik, Dave Feltes (U. of Illinois)

    Issue: 1999 December
    No. of Views: 7,687
    2007 Rank: 16

  17. Post-Then-Pre Evaluation
    S. Kay Rockwell, Harriet Kohn (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

    Issue: 1989 Summer
    No. of Views: 7,676
    2007 Rank: 22

  18. Factors Influencing Career Choices of Adolescents and Young Adults in Rural Pennsylvania
    Natalie M. Ferry (Penn State University)

    Issue: 2006 June
    No. of Views: 6,932
    2007 Rank: 30

  19. The Value Orientations Method: A Tool to Help Understand Cultural Differences
    Tom Gallagher (Oregon State University Extension Service)

    Issue: 2001 December
    No. of Views: 6,225
    2007 Rank: 19

  20. The Risk Matrix: Illustrating the Importance of Risk Management Strategies
    Corinne Alexander, Maria I. Marshall (Purdue University)

    Issue: 2006 April
    No. of Views: 5,834
    2007 Rank: 49

  21. Character Education: Developing Effective Programs
    Annette Kusgen McDaniel (Missouri 4-H Youth Development Program)

    Issue: 1998 April
    No. of Views: 4,868
    2007 Rank: 17

  22. Teleconferencing
    Randall G. Rogan (Cornell), Gary A. Simmons (Michigan State)

    Issue: 1984 September
    No. of Views: 4,801
    2007 Rank: 25

  23. Are Youth at Risk?
    Kirk A. Astroth (Montana State University-Bozeman)

    Issue: 1993 Fall
    No. of Views: 4,722
    2007 Rank: 20

  24. Using Research Methods to Evaluate Your Extension Program
    Keith G. Diem (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)

    Issue: 2002 December
    No. of Views: 4,714
    2007 Rank: 44

  25. How to Diagnose Soil Acidity and Alkalinity Problems in Crops: A Comparison of Soil pH Test Kits
    Gene Stevens, David Dunn, Bobby Phipps (University of Missouri Outreach and Extension/Commercial Agriculture Program)

    Issue: 2001 August
    No. of Views: 4,509
    2007 Rank: 21

  26. Leadership Skill Development of Teen Leaders
    Scott Kleon, Susan Rinehart (Ohio State University)

    Issue: 1998 June
    No. of Views: 4,476
    2007 Rank: 31

  27. Extension's Crossroads in Turbulent Times - Downsizing or Downgrading?
    Jane Schuchardt (Iowa State University), Clarence J. Cunningham (Ohio State University Extension)

    Issue: 1987 Spring
    No. of Views: 7,158
    2007 Rank: 7

  28. Staffing Strategies For A More Diverse Workforce: Case Examples In Cornell Cooperative Extension
    Soneeta Grogan, Barbara Eshelman (Cornell University)

    Issue: 1998 February
    No. of Views: 3,964
    2007 Rank: 26

  29. Drawings as a Method of Program Evaluation and Communication with School-Age Children
    William Evans, Jackie Reilly (University of Nevada, Reno)

    Issue: 1996 December
    No. of Views: 3,845
    2007 Rank: 23

  30. Dishwashing and Water Conservation: An Opportunity for Environmental Education
    JoAnn M. Emmel, Kathleen Parrott, Julia Beamish (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)

    Issue: 2003 February
    No. of Views: 3,758
    2007 Rank: 24

  31. NEW Why Do Teens Drop Out?: A Developmental View
    Anne L. Heinsohn, Robert B. Lewis (The Pennsylvania State University)

    Issue: 1995 February
    No. of Views: 3,709
    2007 Rank: Not Ranked

  32. A Framework for 21st Century Leadership
    Lorilee R. Sandmann, Lela Vandenberg (Michigan State University)

    Issue: 1995 December
    No. of Views: 3,535
    2007 Rank: 36

  33. NEW Training and the Needs of Adult Learners
    Carrie Ota, Cynthia F. DiCarlo, Diane C. Burts, Robert Laird, Cheri Gioe (Louisiana State University)

    Issue: 2006 December
    No. of Views: 3,373
    2007 Rank: Not Ranked

  34. Reaping the Benefits of Computers: Factors encouraging and discouraging computer use
    Jerry McClelland (University of Minnesota)

    Issue: 1986 Summer
    No. of Views: 3,355
    2007 Rank: 33

  35. NEW Self-Directed Work Teams: The Antidote for "Heroic Suicide"
    Nancy K. Franz (University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension)

    Issue: 2004 April
    No. of Views: 3,332
    2007 Rank: Not Ranked

  36. Bringing Leadership Experiences to Inner-City Youth
    Barry L. Boyd (Texas A&M University)

    Issue: 2001 August
    No. of Views: 3,193
    2007 Rank: 29

  37. How to Create a Bibliography
    Janet Webster (Oregon State University)

    Issue: 2003 June
    No. of Views: 3,184
    2007 Rank: 14

  38. Leading Without Authority: An Examination of the Impact of Transformational Leadership Cooperative Extension Work Groups and Teams
    William Brown, Elizabeth A. Birnstihl, Daniel W. Wheeler (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

    Issue: 1996 October
    No. of Views: 3,172
    2007 Rank: 35

  39. NEW  Consumer Knowledge and Perceptions About Organic Food
    Carolyn Raab, Deana Grobe (Oregon State University)

    Issue: 2005 August
    No. of Views: 3,056
    2007 Rank: Not Ranked

  40. Teleconferencing
    Randall G. Rogan (Cornell), Gary A. Simmons (Michigan State)

    Issue: 1984 September
    No. of Views: 3,023
    2007 Rank: 25

  41. Programming Parameters for 5-to-8-Year-Old Children in 4-H
    Scott D. Scheer (Ohio State University)

    Issue: 1997 August
    No. of Views: 2,985
    2007 Rank: 41

  42. Accomplishing Cross Cultural Competence in Youth Development Programs
    Bonita Williams (Lincoln University of Missouri)

    Issue: 2001 December
    No. of Views: 2,984
    2007 Rank: 48

  43. NEW  Emotional Intelligence: A Pathway to Self-Understanding and Improved Leadership Capacities
    Rose Fisher Merkowitz, Garee W. Earnest (Ohio State University Extension)

    Issue: 2006 August
    No. of Views: 2,962
    2007 Rank: Not Ranked

  44. NEW  A Methodology for Determining Extension Constituent Needs: A Case Analysis in the Forest Products Industry
    Scott Bowe, Robert Smith, Joseph Massey, Eric Hansen (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, University of Minnesota, Oregon State University)

    Issue: 1999 August
    No. of Views: 2,882
    2007 Rank: Not Ranked

  45. A Model Train-The-Trainer Program for HACCP-Based Food Safety Training in the Retail/Food Service Industry: An Evaluation
    Kenneth E. Martin, Steve Knabel, (The Pennsylvania State University), Von Mendenhall (Utah State University)

    Issue: 1999 June
    No. of Views: 2,851
    2007 Rank: Not Ranked

  46. Family, School, and Community Involvement in School-age Child Care Programs: Best Practices
    Karen DeBord (North Carolina State University), Marilyn Martin (University of Rhode Island - Providence Center), Tony Mallilo (University of Rhode Island)

    Issue: 1996 June
    No. of Views: 2,805
    2007 Rank: 43

  47. Bridging the Generation Gap Across the Digital Divide: Teens Teaching Internet Skills to Senior Citizens
    Jane Kolodinsky, Michele Cranwell, Ellen Rowe (University of Vermont)

    Issue: 2002 June
    No. of Views: 2,757
    2007 Rank: 42

  48. Developing Life Skills in Youth
    Barry L. Boyd, Don R. Herring, Gary E. Briers (Texas A&M University-College Station)

    Issue: 1992 Winter
    No. of Views: 2,726
    2007 Rank: 47

  49. Teen Employment
    Patricia Tanner Nelson (University of Delaware-Newark), Stephen F. Hamilton (Cornell University)

    Issue: 1986 Winter
    No. of Views: 2,724
    2007 Rank: 46

  50. Machinery Cost Estimates for Amish Farms
    Randall E. James (Ohio State University)

    Issue: 2004 October
    No. of Views: 2,663
    2007 Rank: 34