ERIC Number: ED066644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Utilization of Nonprofessionals as Systemic Linkage in a Directed Social Change Program.
Linder, William W.
A Cooperative Extension Service action program in seven Mississippi counties, utilizing a nonprofessional approach to reach disadvantaged families with educational programs, is reviewed. Subprofessionals were utilized as systemic links between professional adult educators (home economists) and disadvantaged clientele. The report is divided into four phases. They are: (1) a socioeconomic description of home economists, Extension aides, and selected families being assisted in the pilot counties; (2) level of living index for the three groups; (3) an attitude study of home economists and Extension aides toward the poor; and (4) measurement of any changes in the practices of participating families as a result of the Extension aide efforts. The results indicated that behavioral changes did occur, and it is felt that these changes plus the establishment of working relationships are indicative of the effectiveness of systemic links as a means of creating change. It is suggested that these pilot study results indicate that action agencies should consider the use of aides as a means of expanding and strengthening program efforts for the disadvantaged. This type of program is thought to have meaning for rural sociologists by providing an opportunity to apply principles of the experimental design in a laboratory setting. (Author/JS)
Descriptors: Adult Educators, Attitudes, Behavior Change, Change Agents, Community Action, Disadvantaged, Extension Agents, Home Economics Teachers, Living Standards, Nonprofessional Personnel, Poverty, Program Effectiveness, Research Reviews (Publications), Rural Areas, Social Change, Socioeconomic Background
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Federal Extension Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State Univ., State College. Cooperative Extension Service.