ERIC Number: ED064558
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jun
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The Role of the Extension Youth Program Aide in Washington State. A Graduate Study Summary.
Wang, Elaine I-Ling
This study defines the role of the extension youth program aide in the food and nutrition education program as perceived by himself (herself), other paraprofessionals, and professional staff members of the Washington State Cooperative Extension Service. Data were collected from six groups through the use of a mail questionnaire. The six groups were: extension program aides, other program aides, extension assistants (youth phase), other extension assistants, county extension agents, and human resources staff. The respondents were asked to rate the importance of 17 selected functions as to how they felt they should be performed and how the functions were now being performed. The major distinction between the youth phase and the ongoing expanded food and nutrition education program is the inclusion of volunteer leaders. Conclusions as a result of this study are: (1) The relatively low rating given the functions (teaching volunteer leaders how to work with young people, training and recruiting volunteer leaders) has implications for a need for improved communication and an extensive training program; (2) The paraprofessionals were fairly well agreed that they were placing emphasis on the functions which should be emphasized. The professionals agreed but to a lesser extent; (3) Although experience seemed to be related to rank order to a lesser degree than age and education, those with longer tenure rated those functions pertaining to volunteer leaders higher than those with less tenure; and (4) Level of education seemed to be less of a factor in ranking the selected functions of the extension youth program aide by professionals than experience or age. (Author/LS)
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Authoring Institution: Washington State Univ., Pullman. Cooperative Extension Service.
Note: Summary of Special Problem Report submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Extension, Washington State Univ., Pullman