ERIC Number: ED056254
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Jan
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Field Agents Role in Education. Part 1. USOE Pilot State Dissemination Program.
Louis, Karen Seashore; Sieber, Sam D.
The present paper is the first in a series dealing with the development of the role of the educational field agent, and deals exclusively with issues relating to gaining initial access and soliciting requests from local educators. The first issue facing each field agent was how to sell his services to the educational community. Initial activities were, therefore, publicizing the program and trying to stimulate requests. A questionnaire was sent to the agents asking them to indicate the origin of their requests over the first few months of the program. Data analysis of the results revealed that the model group of clients represented the most recent status in education held by the field agent himself. This distribution indicates that most field agents may find it easier to stimulate their first requests from a group which is more accessible to them and whose problems are more familiar to them, although the client-group with which a field agent works initially is not always a matter of the field agent's choice. All new social service programs have two major objectives: (1) to establish the program and build acceptance of it among the target groups, and (2) to develop procedures which will help to ensure that the program achieves its goals. (CK)
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Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Bureau of Applied Social Research.