ERIC Number: ED388204
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb-28
Reference Count: N/A
Management Training and Public Service Education as Correlates of Orientations toward Public Service Professionalism among State Administrators in the Fifty States.
Osborne, Cassie, Jr.; And Others
This study examined the influence of education, agency culture, and demographic attributes on the level of professional socialization of state administrators, using data from a national survey of 5,980 state administrators. It found a positive relationship between the educational attainment of state administrators and their orientations toward service professionalism. Analysis suggested that the level of professionalism was dependent, for the most part, on the political acuity level. The degree of supervisor encouragement for training positively impacted political acuity, but had no discernable impact on professionalism. Younger administrators were found to be less politically acute than older administrators. Professionalism level was found to have a significant impact on public service values such as organizational democracy, pluralistic polity, politicized merit system, and service to clientele. Two appendixes provide copies of the administrator questionnaire and the data code book. (Contains approximately 285 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kentucky State Univ., Frankfort. Research Center for Public and International Policy.