ERIC Number: ED044552
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Factors Associated with Consensus: An Analysis of the Extension Agent's Role in Organized Community Development.
Brisson, Robert Curtis
This study investigated the county Extension agent role in organizing community development, the direction and intensity of expectations held by district supervisors and presidents of local community development associations, and factors (sex, age, formal education, farm or nonfarm upbringing, previous role experience, communication behavior) associated with greater or lesser consensus between and within the three groups. Sixteen North Carolina district agents, and a stratified sample of 60 county agents and 60 association presidents, were surveyed by mail questionnaire. Major findings were: (1) district agents, county agents, and association presidents differed significantly on the desired direction and extent of county agent role behavior; (2) within each group, formal education was related to agreement on role definition, but age, sex, and farm or nonfarm upbringing were not; (3) kinds and frequency of communication behavior, and previous role experience, were only slightly related to agreement within groups. (LY)
Descriptors: Administrators, Age Differences, Analysis of Variance, Bibliographies, Communication (Thought Transfer), Community Development, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Background, Experience, Extension Agents, Females, Investigations, Males, Role Perception, Rural Environment, Rural Extension
University Microfilms, 300 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48106 (Order No. 70-9174, MF $3.00, Xerography $8.00)
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Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh.
Note: Ph. D. Thesis