Mississippi State University
Newman, Michael E.
Downey, Laura Hall
Peterson, Donna J.
Swortzel, Kirk A.
Date of Degree
Dissertation - Open Access
Agricultural and Extension Education
Doctor of Philosophy
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
A study was conducted to see if the level of use, expertise, and problem solving abilities using information technology among Mississippi State University Extension agents was positively correlated with the performance quality of the agent as measured in the Mississippi State University Extension Service agent evaluation system. A second purpose was to examine how well agents self-assess their technology skills. Lastly, the study attempted to determine if there was a set of factors (including information technology skills) that explained a substantial portion of the variation in performance evaluation scores. The results showed that the Mississippi State University Extension agent evaluation system does not consider information technology skills and usage of agents. It was also found that agents are fairly adept at self-assessment of their technology skills. Lastly, no set of factors were found that would substantially explain performance evaluation ratings.
Loper, James R., "Relationships Between Information Technology Skills and Performance Evaluation Scores of Mississippi State University Extension Service Agents" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 3772.