ERIC Number: ED313581
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Attitudes of Ohio County Extension Agents toward Satellite Video Teleconferencing in Extension Education. A Thesis.
A study was conducted to determine the attitudes of Ohio county extension agents toward satellite video teleconferencing. (Several county extension offices across the state participate in live satellite video teleconferences produced by The Ohio State University. Teleconferences cover a variety of extension education topics, from agriculture to home economics to teenage problems. Since county extension agents play an important role as facilitators at the local level, the success of teleconferencing depends greatly on their attitudes.) Data were collected from a mailed questionnaire to all 186 county extension agents in the state in the summer of 1989. Approximately 79 percent (147) usable questionnaires were returned. Analysis of data revealed that, overall, the majority of agents are "slightly positive" toward satellite video teleconferencing. However, they tend to prefer prerecorded videotapes over live teleconferencing. Cross-tabulation between the attitude scores and a variety of personal characteristics showed negligible to moderate relationships only. The study concluded that the extension service should continue financing satellite video teleconferencing but at the same time should focus on videotape production. Some other suggestions from the extension agents were that improvements be made in the quality of programs and the reliability of the technology, so that the agents might feel more confident about it. (Includes 24 references, the survey instrument, and selected responses.) (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Ohio State University.