ERIC Number: EJ1134708
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Leadership Program Planning: Assessing the Needs and Interests of the Agricultural Community
Kaufman, Eric K.; Rateau, Richard J.; Ellis, Keyana C.; Kasperbauer, Holly Jo; Stacklin, Laura R.
Journal of Leadership Education, v9 n1 p123-143 Win 2010
Needs assessment is the first step in developing a leadership education program. During the spring of 2008 researchers and program planners conducted focus groups sessions with representatives from Virginia's agricultural community with the goal of assessing the leadership development interests and needs of that community. As one focus group participant shared, "I've had leadership programs all along…they didn't use examples that were real in my world." The findings of this qualitative study suggest that an agricultural leadership development program should focus on three areas: (a) knowledge of the changing industry; (b) relationship building across industry sectors; and, (c) practical, transferable skill development. The skill areas of interest include creative problem solving, political advocacy, and communication. These findings are similar to previous research on grassroots leadership development, yet they lead to important recommendations for further research and practice.
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Needs Assessment, Community Needs, Leadership, Leadership Training, Focus Groups, College Programs, Program Development, Qualitative Research, Educational Objectives, Educational Needs, Course Organization, Delivery Systems, Organizational Change, Agency Cooperation, Skill Development, Problem Solving, Lobbying, Communication Skills, Design Preferences, Administrator Education
Association of Leadership Educators. e-mail: Jole@aged.tamu.edu; Web site: http://leadershipeducators.org/page-1014283
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia
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