ERIC Number: ED376995
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Kentucky Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor Perceptions: Positive and Negative Motivators.
Crume, Charles T., Jr.; Lang, Mac
A survey examined perceptions of volunteer service among 260 volunteer instructors in the Kentucky Hunter Education Association, a nonprofit organization that provides educational programs to hunters on safety, accident prevention, and sportsmanship. Volunteer instructors completed a survey pertaining to negative and positive motivators for program participation, instructional preferences, and service items. Results indicate that primary motivators for volunteering included helping others, helping to prevent hunting accidents, and helping to insure the future of hunting. Associations with the organization, hunter training officers, and other instructors were also considered strong motivators. Material rewards such as cards, patches, hats, and jackets were perceived as being the least important of motivators. Lack of equipment and personal liability were the two greatest concerns of volunteer instructors. Additionally, lack of training generated moderate concern as did lack of communications with hunter training officers and the association. Most volunteers preferred practical instruction and field work to the classroom. Also noted was an evolution among volunteer instructors toward greater acceptance of responsibility as years of service and experience increased. Includes recommendations for future program development, survey questions, and respondents' comments. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kentucky State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Frankfort.