ERIC Number: ED378419
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Perceptions of Directors, Administrators, and Staff Development Personnel Regarding the Importance of Selected Training Topics for Field-Based Personnel and Their Inclusion in Extension Training Programs. A National Study.
White, Ronnie W.; And Others
A study was conducted to assess the perceptions of extension directors, administrators, and staff development personnel regarding the importance of selected training topics and to determine the extent to which these topics are included in current training programs for extension personnel. A descriptive survey using a five-point Likert-type scale asking respondents to rate the importance of selected topics in orientation, inservice, and preretirement training was developed and mailed to all 148 extension directors, administrators, and staff development personnel in the United States. Usable responses were obtained from 85 percent of the subjects (126). In the area of orientation training, "extension communication and teaching methods" was rated the most important orientation topic for new field personnel, but only 75 percent indicated that this topic was covered in the training. "Coalition building" was rated the most important inservice topic, and 86 percent indicated this topic was included in the training. In addition, "subject matter training" was rated the second most important topic and was included in 96 percent of the training. All respondents rated "income planning" as the most important component of preretirement training; it was included in 62 percent of the training. The study concluded that the training topics included in training programs for extension personnel are not necessarily the ones perceived most important by the respondents. Recommendations were made to reassess the topics for training programs and to make adjustments as determined by personnel needs. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Dallas, TX, December 9-13, 1994).