ERIC Number: ED034959
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Role Perceptions and Job Attitudes of West Virginia County Extension Agents in a Merged Extension System.
Shriver, Howard Arnette
This study was to discover the effect of the merger of various extension units at West Virginia University into the Appalachian Center. Data were collected by a questionnaire. The 131 respondents consisted of 50 county agents, 46 4-H agents, and 35 home agents, and comprised 96% of the state extension agents. Regression analysis, consisting of zero order, partial and multiple correlations, and Beta weights was used to determine statistical relationships between the dependent and independent variables. The major conclusions were: the role perception of all agents had changed significantly since the merger; the importance that agents accorded non-traditional clientele was positively related to the extent that they had worked with these groups; home agents appeared to be more traditionally oriented than either county agents or 4-H agents; older agents showed a more non-traditional orientation and a more comprehensive role definition than younger agents. Mean scores for agents' level of job satisfaction indicated that they were somewhat satisfied. (author/nl)
Descriptors: Audiences, Doctoral Dissertations, Extension Agents, Extension Education, Job Satisfaction, Mergers, Organizations (Groups), Role Perception, Rural Extension, Surveys, Tenure, Units of Study, Work Attitudes
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison.
Identifiers: Cooperative Extension Service; West Virginia University
Note: Ph. D. Thesis