ERIC Number: ED047282
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
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Adult Educators' Decision-Making Regarding Advanced Degrees. Final Report.
Borich, Patrick J.
A study was conducted on how county Extension agents decide whether or not to seek a postgraduate degree. Using questionnaires completed by 774 agents, the study obtained background data and investigated economic perceptions (cost effectiveness) of an advanced degree, personal factors seen as influencing degree decisions, and attitudes toward the influence of administrative superiors. Relevant factors included improved competence, prestige, formal study difficulties, economic gain and sacrifice, better job opportunities, "revitalization" leave, accessibility of graduate school, and support by peers and supervisors. Agents without advanced degrees related decisions positively to administrator persuasion, better job opportunities, and improved competence; negatively, to economic sacrifice and formal school difficulty. Agents with advanced degrees stressed competence and job opportunities. Younger agents noted many concerns, while older agents responded only to administrator persuasion. Based on these and other findings, several conclusions were reached: the kind of decision making described is complex; adult education administrators can and do influence such decisions; adult educators measure the cost effectiveness of advanced degrees quite accurately and are influenced thereby; and they seem to treat their decision as basically an individual problem. (LY)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Administrator Role, Adult Educators, Age Differences, Attitudes, Bibliographies, Cost Effectiveness, Decision Making, Degrees (Academic), Educational Background, Extension Agents, Factor Analysis, Graduate Study, Income, Motivation, Perception, Professional Continuing Education
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
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