ERIC Number: ED028338
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of the District Extension Home Economist in Kansas.
Schroeder, Mary Doris
The role of the district extension home economist in Kansas was studied by collecting role perceptions from the home economics personnel in the Kansas Cooperative Extension Service. Questionnaires collected from 86 county extension economists, four district home economists, and five district extension supervisors, rated importance "given" and "ideally should be given" to fifteen functions of the district extension home economists. Mean weighted scores were computed for each of the three groups and the Spearman rank difference correlations used to measure agreement between rankings of duties and responsibilities. Results showed that some agreement among the three respondent groups existed with the five most important functions being: (1) keeping up to date, (2) training agents, (3) coordinating county work with specialists, (4) programing, and (5) counseling on professional problems. There was high agreement between emphasis that should be given and that was being given to functions as perceived by respondent groups, with the district extension home economists least satisfied. They felt more emphasis should be given to keeping up to date and evaluating staff performance. Age, experience, completion of an extension education course or induction training, and degree of urbanization of the county seemed to be important factors in the ranking process. (author/pt)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Age, Coordination, Counseling, Educational Background, Educational Cooperation, Extension Agents, Home Economics, Investigations, Lifelong Learning, Program Development, Questionnaires, Role Perception, Statistical Data, Urbanization, Work Experience
Library, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas 66504
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Authoring Institution: Kansas State Univ., Manhattan. School of Education.
Identifiers: Cooperative Extension Service; Kansas
Note: M.S. Thesis.