Published June 11, 2021 | Version v1
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Peer Writing Groups as Productivity, Research, and Support Networks for Extension Agents

  • 1. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
  • 2. Center for Bison Studies, South Dakota State University
  • 3. Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology, Texas A&M University


Peer writing groups serve an important role in providing a venue to improve written productivity, provide support, and brainstorm research ideas. Peer accountability assists with focusing attention on tasks at hand, which often receive less attention due to the demands on agent’s and researcher's time. Establishing dedicated meeting times to prioritize writing and editing improves time management, writing efficiency, research progression, and overall productivity. For extension agents and researchers, these components are essential for completing daily tasks and career advancement. Interdisciplinary writing groups also help broaden the scope of expertise, provide professional development experiences, and support the land grant mission.

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