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Doctor of Philosophy


Agricultural Education and Studies


The primary purpose of this study was to assess college of agriculture faculty motivation for involvement in international agricultural development activities. The study identified demographic characteristics of faculty included in the study, developed a personal characteristics profile of the faculty, determined sources of original motivation for involvement in development work, and developed strategies to stimulate motivation for development work;The population of the study was comprised of 195 college of agriculture faculty from five Midwest land grant institutions who had indicated an interest in development activities. Usable returns were received from 158 faculty, 81.03 percent of the population;Each item used in the instrument was linked to the literature on faculty involvement in international development activities and to the theoretical framework on motivation as explained by the humanistic school of thought. A 7-point scale on bipolar adjectives was used to develop the personal characteristics profile. A 5-point Likert-type scale was used to collect information on sources of original motivation and on strategies to stimulate motivation. Descriptive and inferential statistical procedures were used in analyzing the data;Major findings of the study were: (1) Few younger, untenured faculty were involved in development work. It was primarily the older, more established faculty who were involved in development activities. (2) Faculty with developing country experience reported that their experience was valuable and applicable to their university assignments and duties. (3) Respondents, particularly those with extensive developing country experience, closely identified with the set of 25 personal characteristics described as being important for individuals involved in development work. (4) Respondents generally agreed that the sources of original motivation for involvement in international development work had been influenced by the importance, the nature, and the personal value of development work in fulfilling the intrinsic needs of the respondents. (5) The most important strategies to stimulate motivation in development work concentrated on recognition and rewards for professional efforts in development, participation on developing country assignments, and receiving information on university programs in developing countries.



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