ERIC Number: ED034115
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
Performance, Goal and Role Ambiquity.
Ham, Don Gay
Focusing on youth agent positions in the University of Missouri Extension Division, this study tested the relationship between performance, conceptual skills, and role ambiguity (ideal and perceived actual roles). Conceptual skills were measured from word associations by the Remote Associates Test (RAT); youth agent performance ratings were made by specialists and district directors. As performance rankings increased, perceived ambiguity decreased (goal and role) and actual ambiguity increased; as actual and perceived goal ambiguity rose, actual and perceived role ambiguity also increased. Performance ratings tended to increase with increasing RAT scores. As actual ambiguity increased, perceived ambiguity decreased. Performance ratings, RAT scores, and ambiguity increased with greater tenure in Extension and with increased scope of occupational experience. Performance ratings were positively related to perceptual skills and actual ambiguity, but negatively related to perceived ambiguity. Conclusions point to considerable goal displacement, especially among field staff. (author/ly)
Descriptors: Administrators, Age Differences, Analysis of Variance, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Background, Experience, Extension Agents, Intelligence, Investigations, Objectives, Performance, Role Perception, Tenure, Youth Leaders
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Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Remote Associates Test