ERIC Number: ED056172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Opinion Leadership and Communication Linkages Among Agricultural Educators. Final Report.
Blanton, Lloyd H.; And Others
This study of opinion leadership among vocational agriculture teachers in South Carolina solicited nominations of teachers as sources of information and advice from participating teachers at two different points in time, spring 1968 and spring 1970. This time-lapsed design allowed an estimate of opinion leadership stability since the sample of teachers remained the same except for natural shifts due to teacher replacement and program changes. In addition, this study attempted to replicate the key-informant versus sociometric techniques comparison for identifying opinion leaders. Data were collected on reasons for the opinion leadership selection and the communications linkages for face-to-face relationships among teachers, supervisors, and teacher educators. Major conclusions of the study included: (1) Teachers of vocational agriculture named as opinion leaders were older, had more earned college credit, and had attended a greater number of workshops than their peers, and (2) Teachers nominated as opinion leaders in more than one instructional area were stable for the 2-year period, while the opposite was true for teachers nominated in only one area. (Author/JS)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Change Agents, Communication (Thought Transfer), Individual Characteristics, Informal Leadership, Information Networks, Leadership, Leadership Qualities, Opinions, Sociometric Techniques, Supervisors, Teacher Educators, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 ($1.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center for Vocational and Technical Education.