ERIC Number: ED307390
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Major Roles of Agricultural Extension Agents in the Agricultural Technology Delivery System in the Year 2000.
Bonanno, Steven C.; And Others
A study was conducted to determine the major roles of county agricultural extension agents in the agricultural technology delivery system in the year 2000 as perceived by state directors of cooperative extension (N=67). Directors, of whom 52 returned usable survey forms, were asked to identify the five major roles that agricultural extension agents would play. A review committee used the data to compile a survey instrument that was administered to the same population. Directors rated 72 statements as to the perceived importance of each as a role of agricultural extension agents in the year 2000. The scale ranged from 5 (essential) to 1 (not important). Ten statements achieved overall mean ratings of 4.25 and above. The statement with the highest rating placed the agent in the role of "problem solver bringing to bear the resources of the land grant university on the needs and problems of the clientele." Four of the top 10 items related to the agent's role as a link between the clientele and the research community. Other items related to the agent's role as a program planner, in community economic development programs, as an educator, and as a user of technology to deliver information to clientele. Statements dealing with policy and political roles of agents generated the most differences of opinion among respondents. Recommendations were made to ensure that the Extension Service will be fully prepared and equipped to meet future needs. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Agricultural Education Research Meeting (St. Louis, MO, December 1988).