ERIC Number: ED031630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of the Relationship of Certain Employee Characteristics to Tenure and Performance of Selected Virginia Extension Agents--Agriculture.
Moore, Donald Jerome
The relationship was analyzed of the characteristics of adaptability, vocational interests, and academic achievement of 77 Virginia agricultural extension agents to their tenure and performance. The agents were grouped on the basis of short, medium, or long tenure. Data were collected from personnel records of the state cooperative system, college transcripts, and through administration of the Adaptability Test and Strong Vocational Interest Blank. The two criterion variables (tenure and performance) were correlated against 129 independent variables. Analysis of variance was used to determine significance of differences between characteristics. No significant relationship was found between length of tenure and performance, or between adaptability, or overall academic grade point average, and performance. There was a significant negative relationship between number of academic credit hours in education and agricultural education and the grade point average in psychology for the undergraduate curriculum and performance ratings. Extension agents have vocational interests most similar to farmers, forest service men, YMCA physical directors, and school superintendents. The psychological tests failed to discriminate between more or less effective agents. (pt)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adjustment (to Environment), Bibliographies, Comparative Analysis, Extension Agents, Individual Characteristics, Masters Theses, Performance, Psychological Testing, Statistical Data, Tenure, Vocational Interests
Library, University of Maryland, College Park, Md. 20740
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park.
Identifiers: Adaptability Test (Tiffin Lawshe); Cooperative Extension Service; Strong Vocational Interest Blank; Virginia
Note: M.S. Thesis.