ERIC Number: ED032387
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Increasing Knowledge in Social Science Among Agricultural Educators. Final Report.
Jones, Joseph H., Jr.; And Others
Social science concepts are presented as related parts of a systematic approach to understanding and predicting human behavior and implementing programs. This monograph was developed to improve the effectiveness of the change agent in agricultural education by increasing his knowledge in the area of social sciences relating to initiating and bringing about change among people. Major chapters are: (1) "Man, The Acting Being," by J. Bohlen, establishing man as a social being who builds up his experience world principally through interactions with his fellows, (2) "The Process of Communications," by J. Bohlen, explaining how this interaction takes place, (3) "Some Basic Units and Models of Social Structure and Interaction," by A. Bertrand, explaining why behavior is patterned and predictable, (4) "Social Power," by Q. Jenkins, discussing the capacity to control, (5) "The Process of Adoption of Innovations," by J. Bohlen, relating the manner in which any given individual accepts or rejects an idea new to him, and (6) "Social Action," by G. Beal, concerning how change agents can bring about alteration of behavior of actors who are members of given social systems. A glossary of the important concepts discussed by the contributors is appended. (DM)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Agricultural Education, Attitude Change, Change Agents, Communication (Thought Transfer), Conceptual Schemes, Extension Agents, Glossaries, Information Theory, Innovation, Inservice Teacher Education, Interaction, Social Sciences, Social Structure, Social Systems, Textbooks, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge. Dept. of Vocational Agricultural Education.