ERIC Number: ED042984
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Factors Affecting Perceived Ability to Introduce Change among Agency for International Development Trainees.
Wallace, John Moffat
Focusing on 221 Agency for International Development (AID) trainees from 32 developing nations, this study evaluated the impact of past experience, personal attitudes and preferences about change, perceptions of another person's attitudes and related behaviors, and a Michigan State University/AID seminar on communications, on self evaluations of ability to introduce change. Data were gathered by two questionnaires, one before and one after the seminar. Individual, interpersonal, and organizational past experience proved highly significant; moreover, individual perceptions of others' perceptions and attitudes tended to outweigh one's own. Self evaluation scores declined somewhat as a result of the seminar. Low scoring participants became more optimistic; high scorers, more pessimistic. Findings also suggested that, if a participant prefers a high level of structure initiated by his supervisor, and has not judged himself effective in introducing change in the past, he may not become an effective change agent. (LY)
Descriptors: Ability, Analysis of Variance, Attitude Change, Attitudes, Change Agents, Developing Nations, Doctoral Dissertations, Experience, Factor Analysis, Geographic Regions, Interaction, Investigations, Participant Characteristics, Perception, Self Evaluation, Seminars, Technical Assistance, Trainees
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing.
Note: Ph. D. Thesis