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ERIC Number: ED017863
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 20
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Reference Count: 0
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A CRITICAL INCIDENT STUDY OF THE PROFESSIONAL ADULT EDUCATOR (EXTENSION AGRICULTURAL AGENT). PAPER PRESENTED AT THE NATIONAL SEMINAR ON ADULT EDUCATION RESEARCH (CHICAGO, FEBRUARY 11-13, 1968).
CARTER, G.L., JR.; KOHL, FRED E.
THE CRITICAL INCIDENT TECHNIQUE WAS USED TO DETERMINE JOB REQUIREMENTS OF IDAHO AGRICULTURAL AGENTS. A PERSONAL INTERVIEW OF 70 IDAHO AGENTS RESULTED IN THE COLLECTION OF 436 USABLE EFFECTIVE AND INEFFECTIVE INCIDENTS. JOB REQUIREMENTS WERE DEVELOPED BY CATEGORIZING THE 975 CRITICAL BEHAVIORS IDENTIFIED IN THE CRITICAL INCIDENTS, AND WERE CLASSIFIED IN FIVE MAJOR AREAS--GROUP DEVELOPMENT, PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT, COUNSELING CLIENTS, INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS, AND MAINTAINING THE ORGANIZATION. THE FINDINGS REVEALED THAT SOCIAL SKILLS WERE USED MORE THAN TECHNICAL SKILLS IN CRITICAL AREAS OF THE JOB. AGENTS FELT LESS EFFECTIVE IN SOCIAL SITUATIONS AND IN THE CRITICAL INCIDENTS WHEN THEY DID NOT INITIATE ACTION. THEY DEPENDED ON INDIVIDUAL CONTACTS FOR GETTING RESULTS AND WORKED THROUGH AVAILABLE SOCIAL SYSTEMS. SPECIALIZED AGENTS FELT THEY WERE MORE EFFECTIVE, FOUND THEIR JOB MORE SATISFYING, AND WORKED MORE CLOSELY WITH PUBLIC AGENCIES THAN GENERALIZED AGENTS. AGENTS WITH HIGH GRADE POINT AVERAGES SAW MORE OF THEIR ACTIONS AS CRITICAL, DEVOTED MORE TIME TO PROGRAM PLANNING, AND WERE MORE EFFECTIVE IN COUNSELING CLIENTS. HIGH SUPERVISORY RATINGS WERE GIVEN TO AGENTS WHO WORKED PRIMARILY WITH ADULT CLIENTELE IN TRADITIONAL AGRICULTURAL AREAS. THIS DOCUMENT WAS A PAPER PRESENTED AT THE NATIONAL SEMINAR ON ADULT EDUCATION, CHICAGO, FEBRUARY 11-13, 1968. (PT)
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Identifiers: IDAHO EXTENSION SERVICE