ERIC Number: ED311258
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
State Administrators in Kentucky. A Study of Their Professional Socialization, Public Service Values and Political Orientations.
Mohapatra, Manindra K.; And Others
A study was conducted of professional socialization, public service values, and political orientations of the state administrators in Kentucky. A sample of 3,000 Kentucky public managers was mailed a six-page self-administered questionnaire in three waves. A response rate of 49 percent generated 1,467 usable questionnaires. About 69 percent of the respondents were males, 96 percent were white, and 70 percent had college degrees. Preliminary findings included the following: (1) a majority of the respondents agreed that effective public administrators should have college degrees, have some training in public administration, and should be members of professional organizations; (2) about 40 percent of the respondents were members of professional organizations, read professional journals, and participated in conferences, whereas a much smaller percentage were actually involved in continuing professional education activities; (3) an overwhelming majority of the respondents shared certain public service values, such as quality of service to the public, equal employment opportunity, and responsiveness to public opinion; and (4) a majority of responding administrators were sensitive to the political ecology of public administration and were supportive of the ombudsman role of elected officials on behalf of their constituents. (Report includes 19 tables, the questionnaire, agenda of a management awareness workshop, sample of a management newsletter, and a 182-item bibliography.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kentucky State Univ., Frankfort.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky