ERIC Number: ED042978
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
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An Analysis of Critical Behaviors of Cooperative Extension Agents in the Performance of Their Jobs.
Hampton, Leonard Albert
Using the critical incident technique, this study assessed the consistency between actual on the job behaviors of Cooperative Extension agents and their expected or inferred tasks as portrayed in a county agent role model encompassing 31 tasks and seven phases, and three broad categories of activity. Interviews were held with 204 Extension agents, who offered 402 critical incidents (descriptions of their effective or ineffective performance). The role model classified 243 behaviors as "planning," 153 as "execution," and only six as "evaluation." Most behaviors fell within seven of the 31 tasks. The three leading tasks came under planning; the next four, under execution. However, one executive and five planning tasks failed to account for any behaviors. Agents generally seemed to consider evaluation less vital than planning or executive functions. (Author/LY)
Descriptors: Behavior, Bibliographies, Critical Incidents Method, Doctoral Dissertations, Extension Agents, Investigations, Job Analysis, Models, Performance Factors, Program Administration, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Role Perception, Rural Extension, Task Performance
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Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh.