ERIC Number: ED149922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Expansive vs. Nonexpansive Growth in Rural Communities: A Methodological Statement.
Sapp, Stephen G.; Korsching, Peter F.
Presenting a methodological statement for a study of quality of life variability in rural development, this paper is based upon a dimension of expansive/nonexpansive ideology of community leaders. The three hypotheses to be tested state that among communities: the greater the social organization for development among nonexpansive leaders, the greater the nonexpansive development; the greater the social organization for development among expansive leaders, the greater the expansive development; and the greater the expansive/nonexpansive homogeneity of social organization for development in the elite subsystem, the greater the predictability of expansive or nonexpansive development. This paper suggests that the hypotheses be tested via 10 years of data derived from the S-120 Regional Research Project and that the methodology incorporate the following: division of development leaders into expansive and nonexpansive groups; organization of development groups consistent with leader ideologies; consideration of the primacy of each individual via the concepts of centrality and influence measured separately; and classification of community expansive/nonexpansive growth via indexes of: community living conditions; the natural environment; governmental environment; the economic environment; public safety; and the health, education, and cultural environment. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Rural Sociology Section, Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (Houston, Texas, February 1978). Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document