ERIC Number: ED048562
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Community Resource Development: How Extension Workers Perceive the Job.
Cummings, Gordon J.
A 1968 national survey investigated the characteristics of 229 Cooperative Extension community resource development (CRD) workers, along with their perceptions of area and community problems and approaches, competencies to perform certain tasks, relationships with other development oriented agencies, and preferred criteria for evaluating programs. CRD personnel tended to be aged 35 to 54, with a graduate degree, little or no inservice training, and one or more professional associational memberships. Their reading was varied, headed by newspapers and Cooperative Extension publications. A majority had entered CRD from outside Cooperative Extension. Priorities appeared to be shifting from earlier concerns (mainly land use and outdoor recreation) to such problems as housing and health. There was emphasis on engaging local people in studying community problems and acting on likely alternatives, with CRD persons providing guidance, information, and liaison. Field staffs tended to see themselves as problem-solving generalists, not specialists. A majority of respondents felt that various Federal, state, and local developmental agencies do try to work together on common problems. Eight items, including citizen participation in planning and development, emerged as important evaluation criteria. (LY)
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Authoring Institution: Federal Extension Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Cooperative Extension Service