Competencies, benefits and limitations for Master Gardener Coordinators: a delphi technique involving county extension agents in Texas

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Title: Competencies, benefits and limitations for Master Gardener Coordinators: a delphi technique involving county extension agents in Texas
Author: Lockett, Landry
Abstract: This study sought to develop a list of best management competencies , benefits and limitations for Texas Cooperative Extension Agents who are Master Gardener Coordinators using a Delphi technique . The study utilized fifteen expert County Extension Agent Master Gardener Coordinators throughout the State of Texas as the expert Delphi panel . Three research questions were asked of the expert panel members . Those questions included : 1 . What competencies do you need to be an efficient and effective Master Gardener Coordinator ? , 2 . What are the perceived benefits of being a Master Gardener Coordinator ? and 3 . What are the limiting factors (problems ) of being a Master Gardener Coordinator ? One hundred -twenty consolidated statements were generated by the panel in response to these questions . These statements were subsequently rated by the panel for their strength of agreement with each statement on a six -point Likert -type scale (6 = "Strongly Agree ," 5 = "Agree ," 4 = "Somewhat Agree ," 3 = "Somewhat Disagree ," 2 = "Disagree ," and 1 = "Strongly Disagree" ) . Consensus was reached on 64 competencies needed by Master Gardener Coordinators , answering research question one . There were a total of 19 benefit statements regarding coordinating a Master Gardener program , in response to research question two . Two statements of limiting factors or problems associated with coordinating a Master Gardener Group achieved consensus associated with research question three . Categories of competencies needed included organizational leadership , systems leadership , organizational culture , personal skills and management skills . The panel placed an emphasis on "people" skills , positive attitude and management skills to be an effective Master Gardener Coordinator . Benefits of coordinating Master Gardeners included such items as expanding the reach of the County Extension Agent and increasing Extension’s impact . Problems associated with coordinating Master Gardeners included increasing the County Extension Agent’s workload as well time commitments . The results of this study will provide Texas Master Gardener Coordinators a list of essential competencies for effectively managing a Master Gardener program . This list will help Extension Master Gardener Coordinators most effectively utilize their time , energy and resources for maximum impact and program success .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /21639
Date: 2007-05

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Competencies, benefits and limitations for Master Gardener Coordinators: a delphi technique involving county extension agents in Texas. Doctoral dissertation, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /21639 .

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