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ERIC Number: ED025720
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
Pages: 21
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An Identification of Critical Behavior and Related Major Concepts Relevant to the Training of Professional Leaders in Extension Education.
Findlay, E. Weldon
A study was made of 200 Cooperative Extension Service workers in New York State to identify appropriate curriculum content for training professional leaders in extension education. The critical incident method was used to discover behavior patterns characteristic of professional extension agents and of key importance in their work. Respondents were asked to recall instances of effective and ineffective behavior on their part, to emphasize behavior critical to achieving an effective outcome, and to indicate why they considered a given incident effective or ineffective. Finally, a structure of relevant concepts was identified and linked to behavioral categories. Key behavior was grouped within seven major categories; preconditioned or set behavior; programing; mobilizing resources and facilitating action; coordinating action to administer agency programs and activities; providing voluntary leadership; influencing clientele evaluation and adoption of innovations; and regulating programs and activities. Concepts were identified and interpreted under the headings of the system and its growth and development, planning change and development, managing change and development, and influencing the evaluation and adoption of innovations. (LY)
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Identifiers: Cooperative Extension Service; New York
Note: Paper presented at the National Seminar on Adult Education Research (Toronto, February 9-11, 1969)