ERIC Number: ED040333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
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Curriculum Development for Professional Leaders in Extension Education.
Findlay, Edward Weldon
The study is based on the premise that if one is able to identify the areas of behavior in which professionals require competence, one can link this behavior to a related structure of concepts which may serve as logical teaching and learning objectives in the development of training programs. A sample of 211 extension agents (in agriculture, home economics, and 4-H work) in 30 counties in New York State provided 419 incidents of behavior which identified the behavior respondents thought to be critical to the achievement of effective or ineffective outcomes in extension activity. A structure of categories of agent behavior was developed and linked to the concepts within a structure of related concepts. The four functional areas derived were: systems, their growth and development; planned change and development; management of change and development; and influencing adoption and innovation. Use of the general systems concept as an ordering mechanism has provided a general model or a series of models of aspects of the different functions and processes involved. It also provides a way of perceiving the role of the extension agent within the general extension education process. (Author/NL)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Attitude Change, Behavior Change, Concept Formation, Curriculum Development, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Objectives, Extension Agents, Innovation, Investigations, Job Skills, Professional Training, Rural Extension
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Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY.
Identifiers: Cooperative Extension Service; New York
Note: Ph.D. Thesis