ERIC Number: ED290862
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Dec
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A Naturalistic Inquiry of a New Extension Employee's First Year: A Case Study with Implications for Induction Training.
Henson, Sarah Ruth
The case study reported in this thesis describes the first year of a new Extension agent's employment, as reported by the author-employee. The study includes a review of literature relating to induction training programs and to experiential learning. The case study is presented as a means of incorporating the experiences of a new Extension employee in an induction training program as well as to suggest methods of improving on-the-job training. Described in the study are eight general principles that may help other new Extension workers: (1) be willing to ask for help; (2) an Extension agent can never know everything; (3) develop and retain sensitivity to the local culture; (4) informal communication systems are efficient; (5) an Extension agent has unique opportunities to help people grow; (6) remain empathetic; (7) involving people strengthens ownership; and (8) teamwork can build opportunities. Documentation is provided that describes the study as a naturalistic inquiry. An 81-item bibliography is included. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Master's Thesis, Washington State University.