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ERIC Number: ED072356
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
Pages: 6
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Factors Concerned with Cooperative Extension Work with Low-Income Clientele in Louisiana. The Findings from Extension Studies.
Welch, William C.
All Extension professionals employed by the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service during the entire Fiscal Year 1971, a total of 378 employees, participated in a study to determine their attitudes toward working with low-income clientele. Data were collected by mail questionnaire, personnel records, and statistical reports from the employees. Of the questionnaires, 355 usable ones were returned. The major dependent variable was an attitude score calculated for each participant by assigning values to answers to eight questions relating to various aspects of low-income work. Results of the data analysis show: (1) that most of the personnel had a generally positive attitude toward low-income work, with older employees having higher attitude scores; (2) employees who spent most time with low-income audiences had higher attitude scores; also administrators and rural development agents had significantly more positive attitudes toward low-income work; (3) the employees felt that their first audience priority was rural communities; low-income farmers were rated second, followed by commercial farmers; (4) nearly all felt that specialized training was needed; (5) a small majority felt that each Extension worker should have responsibility for low-income work; (6) there was general agreement that such work will increase during the next five years; (7) generally, home economics subjects were listed as most important; and (8) the employees felt strongly that educational programs were the most effective strategy for assisting low-income audiences. (DB)
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Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge. Cooperative Extension Service.