ERIC Number: ED109349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Area Agent Staffing Compared With County-Only Staffing in the Cooperative Extension Service in the United States.
Young, Richard E.; Cunningham, Clarence J.
Findings of a three-year project carried out by the Ohio Cooperative Extension Service of Ohio State University indicated that area agent staffing in Extension may result in professional workers being more satisfied with their jobs and feeling more meaningfully involved in the organizational hierarchy. The role conflict that might be expected when a new role is introduced may not occur. Of the two major area staffing patterns in use in the United States, the better rated was the pattern that included three separate levels of workers--county, area, and State. The lower rated pattern involved workers at two levels only--multi-county and State. The county-only pattern was not rated poorly. In several ways it was rated by clientele as better than either area staffing pattern. County-only staffing pattern clientele were more satisfied with programing processes, with speed of response to requests for information, and with the helpfulness of the information they received from Extension. Statistical data are analyzed in tabular form and in the text. (Author/MDW)
Descriptors: County Officials, Extension Agents, Extension Education, Job Satisfaction, Organization, Organizational Effectiveness, Participant Satisfaction, Professional Personnel, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Role Conflict, Rural Extension, Staff Role, Staff Utilization, State Officials, State Programs, Statistical Analysis, Tables (Data), Vertical Organization
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Extension Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Cooperative Extension Service.
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