ERIC Number: ED075573
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Opinion Leaders in the Organizational Structure of Two State Divisions of Vocational and Technical Education. Final Report.
Hull, William L.; And Others
In this study, which focused on the influence of leaders in bureaucratic structures on the opinions of staff members, 45 staff members in each of two state divisions of vocational and technical education responded to a questionnaire soliciting nominations to determine opinion leaders. In addition, personal interviews were conducted with selected members of the staffs. Sociometric analysis was used to compute scores for opinion leadership and to determine the shape of the communications cluster associated with selected information requests. The most important finding was the highly significant relationship between the opinion leadership and the formal authority structure in each division. With one exception, all opinion leaders were either state directors, associate directors, or head state supervisors. Opinion leaders and isolates alike tended to be oriented to change. No differences in the extensiveness of communication nets were found between opinion leaders and isolates on profession-relevant information or general vocational and technical information. Sources of profession-relevant information were no more diverse than sources of work-relevant information. This communication pattern tended to place the director and his close associates in a gatekeeping role for activities pursued by supervisory staff. (Author/SB)
Descriptors: Administrators, Information Dissemination, Information Sources, Leadership, Opinions, State Agencies, Vocational Directors, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center for Vocational and Technical Education.
Note: Research and Development Series No. 82