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ERIC Number: ED158948
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug-9
Pages: 39
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Performance of the Integration Function by Community Development Specialists in Missouri.
Lionberger, Herbert F.; Wong, Tso Sang
The integration role of community development agents and the social system in which they work was examined. Their personal capability to act as an integrating agent was inferred from the nature of the specialized training prescribed in the community development master degree program and their prior occupational experience. Operational manifestations of integrating capability were inferred from the diversity of and intensity with which resources were used in specific projects and in the aggregate during the past year. System capability was examined in terms of the manner in which requests from the field were handled with reference to official prescription and informally through the interpersonal faculty network. Questionnaires were completed by 29 community development and government specialists during the summer of 1977. Additional interviews were conducted with the on-campus faculty centrally involved in making university services available to off-campus staff. Among the findings were that the community development specialists were more frequently involved with community, neighborhood and regional development projects; all but one had had one to five different kinds of jobs, mostly in public service, which increased their capability to identify and mobilize resources for client use; information sources and contacts included university on-campus faculty and local, state, and federal agencies; faculty contacts were mainly with extension appointed faculty, especially in the Department of Regional and Community Affairs and in the Agricultural Economics and Agronomy Departments. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Missouri