ERIC Number: ED047215
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Methods of Determining Inservice Training Needs of Beginning County Extension Agents.
Clifton, O. B.
Specific objectives of this study were to: test alternative methods of determining training needs; identify methods of determining training needs that may be more efficient than those previously used by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service; and develop recommendations for procedures that may be useful in determining training needs of newly employed extension personnel. All Texas county extension agents initially employed during 1966 and 1967 and still in extension in January 1969 were surveyed. In addition, transcripts of preservice college course work and job performance ratings by supervisors were analyzed. Through each method, training needs were determined for broad areas of competence. Training needs in the specific competencies considered necessary for new agents were assessed through the agent survey. No significant correlation was found between any two methods for each area of competence and it was concluded that each method was measuring something different. Further examination of the findings led the investigator to conclude that, of the methods considered, the agent survey was the most effective. (Author/NL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Curriculum, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Needs, Extension Agents, Inservice Education, Job Skills, Orientation, Personnel Evaluation, Personnel Needs, Rural Extension, Sex Differences, Skill Analysis, Surveys, Task Performance, Training Methods
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Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station.
Identifiers: Cooperative Extension Service
Note: Ph.D. Thesis