ERIC Number: ED469010
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
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Western 4-H Institute: Preparing the 4-H Professional for Success. Evaluation Report I.
Astroth, Kirk A.
Evaluation was part of the planning process for a Western 4-H Institute, an intensive, multi-state training for relatively new extension staff with 4-H responsibilities. Training content was diverse, but it focused on enhancing agents' professionalism and strengthening the 4-H club program. The evaluation measured training impacts on participants and assessed job satisfaction, career goals, retention, turnover, and promotion in extension ranks. The first evaluation instrument was given at the beginning of training on April 15, 2002; the second at the end of the Institute on April 18, 2002. The 75 training participants were from every Western state except Hawaii and Oregon; 69 completed both evaluation instruments. Findings indicated that participants were predominantly female, married, childless, and young; were most likely to have held teaching or education positions before taking an extension job; felt moderately strongly about making extension their lifelong career; were most likely to be full-time 4-H agents; were most likely to have attended 2-4 training workshops in the past year; moderately strongly expressed job satisfaction; were very likely to report that the training enhanced their skill to work in 4-H, increased their competence, and increased their self-confidence in managing a 4-H program; and were most likely to report that 0the training had significantly improved their skills in all 15 core competencies measured. (YLB)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Competence, Elementary Secondary Education, Extension Agents, Extension Education, Inservice Education, Institutes (Training Programs), Job Satisfaction, Labor Turnover, Occupational Aspiration, Outcomes of Education, Participant Characteristics, Professional Continuing Education, Professional Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Promotion (Occupational), Regional Programs, Work Attitudes, Youth Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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