Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Agricultural Education and Studies
This was a descriptive study designed to determine the perceptions of the respondents toward the future direction of the Iowa Cooperative Extension Service (ICES) in regard to four issue areas. The issue areas were: program philosophy, mission, goals, and priorities; roles, responsibilities, and resources; program delivery methods; and evaluation and accountability. This study was made possible by analyzing the data collected during a national study known as "Extension in the '80s." Hypotheses relating to differences in the perceptions of Extension personnel and selected public leaders when grouped by selected demographic variables were tested;Subjects for the study were all professional Iowa Cooperative Extension Service personnel and 716 public leaders identified by the Director of ICES. The return rate was 86.95 percent for Extension personnel and 35.47 percent for public leaders;Mean scale scores were computed for the two groups in addition to the subgroups. One-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and t-tests were performed on the perception scales;The findings indicate that there were significant differences in the perceptions of Extension personnel and public leaders toward the four issue areas. There were also significant differences in the perceptions of Extension personnel and public leaders when each was grouped by the selected demographic variables. The public leaders' responses tended to be more homogeneous than the responses of the Extension personnel.
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Larry Jeff Haskell
Haskell, Larry Jeff, "Future direction of the Cooperative Extension Service as perceived by Extension personnel and selected public leaders in Iowa " (1984). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 8172.