ERIC Number: ED478970
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
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Leadership Education Research: Do Methods Matter?
Kelsey, Kathleen D.; Pennington, Penny; Wall, Leah
This research study sought to determine the impact of an agricultural leadership program on rural community development beyond self-report survey data typically collected for program evaluation. Two hundred-ninety graduates of a program that taught leadership skills to impact policy at local, state, and national levels to adults aged 25-45 who were involved in agriculture or agribusiness were evaluated using both a quantitative mail survey and qualitative methods(face-to-face interviews). The purpose of the study was to learn: (1) whether the program produced community development leaders; (2) whether participants took an active role in improving their communities after completing the program; and (3) whether there was a difference in findings based on the type of data collected. Results suggested that the program was an awareness program only and was marginally successful in integrating rural community development into the program. It was concluded that participants were not acting as change agents, and the program was not developing leaders to meet community needs. The participants were taking minimal leadership roles in improving their communities. In spite of quantitative findings of change in knowledge, skills, and behavior, qualitative findings did not reveal important changes, bringing into question the data collection methods when in-depth interviews trump survey results. (Includes 26 reference.) (MO)
Descriptors: Adult Farmer Education, Adult Vocational Education, Behavior Change, Change Agents, Community Development, Community Leaders, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Evaluation Research, Field Interviews, Leadership Training, Policy Formation, Qualitative Research, Research Problems, Rural Development, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Statistical Analysis
For full text: http://www.aces.uiuc.edu/~ALE/2003/kelsey.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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