Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

1984

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Agricultural Education and Studies

Abstract

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.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-6835

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Larry Jeff Haskell

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI8505826

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

218 pages

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