ERIC Number: EJ1035319
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
A Phenomenological Look at 4-H Volunteer Motives for Service
Schrock, Jessalyn; Kelsey, Kathleen D.
Journal of Extension, v51 n2 Article 2RIB1 Apr 2013
Volunteers play a vital role in 4-H programs. Without their service, many programs would not be possible. Understanding volunteer motives provides Extension educators with tools for finding high-quality volunteers. The research reported here used McClelland's (1985) framework for motivation (affiliation, achievement, and power) and phenomenological research design to discover what motivates volunteers to serve as leaders for a 4-H club. The findings support McClelland's description of the need for affiliation and achievement. It is recommended that Extension volunteer leaders select volunteers that exhibit a high need for affiliation and achievement to serve the 4-H organization.
Descriptors: Phenomenology, Volunteers, Motivation, Attribution Theory, State Programs, Recognition (Achievement), Individual Power, Undergraduate Students, Student Volunteers, Clubs, Qualitative Research, Parent Influence, Learning Experience, Educational Opportunities, Identification (Psychology), Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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