ERIC Number: ED367803
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
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Changes in Extension Educators' Perceptions of Job Dimensions and Job Satisfaction Following Organizational Restructuring.
Furgason, John W.
A study explored whether changes in Nebraska Extension's organizational structure and programming approach, instituted in 1988, had altered 103 extension agents' perceptions of their jobs or job satisfaction. A literature review addressed both the primary variables, including specific aspects of job change, such as issues-based programming, multicounty or clustered work units, agent specialization, and job satisfaction, as well as the Job Characteristics theory. Data from prior research with Nebraska extension agents established a baseline of perceptions about the level of skill variety, task identity, task significance, autonomy, feedback, personal satisfaction, and context satisfaction present in the job of agent. These were contrasted with agents' current perceptions of the same factors. The instrument was a modified version of the Job Diagnostic Survey (Hackman and Oldham 1980). Findings suggested that agents saw the job dimensions as unchanged and experienced no change in personal satisfaction. Satisfaction with compensation and supervision improved, whereas satisfaction with co-worker relations declined. The conclusion was that implementation of issues-based programming and clustered work units had not altered extension agents' perceptions of core job dimensions or levels of job satisfaction, but may have affected some aspects of satisfaction with the work context. (A list of 30 references and the instrument are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers: Issue Centered Education; Nebraska
Note: M.A. Thesis, University of Nebraska.