ERIC Number: ED112982
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Community Influence and Leadership.
Bass, Donald G., Ed.; Smith, Larry, Ed.
As a field learning experience, 14 students at College of the Mainland (Texas) examined the structure and components of community leadership in Texas City, Texas. The students were divided into two groups, under the direction of a humanities staff member. The first group, using the reputational study technique, asked community residents to identify the leaders in the community. The second group, using the decision analysis technique, approached leaders in public health, planning, zoning, education, and business. Each leader was asked what the most important decision made in the last five years in his particular area had been, and who had made that decision. After obtaining a list of 24 influentials, the two groups combined to interview the identified leaders. After discussing interviewing procedures, and role-playing both interviewer and interviewee, each student was assigned an interview. After the first round of interviews, the list of community leaders was narrowed to 13. Final interviews were conducted with nine of these leaders. The leadership emerged as loose, informal, and somewhat jurisdictional. It is hoped that the study findings will be of some use to the college leadership in planning community services. Copies of the project proposal and its "statement of use" are appended, as are copies of survey instruments. (NHM)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College of the Mainland, Texas City, TX.
Identifiers - Location: Texas