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A Case Study on the Transfer of Training as Influenced by Perceptions of Self-Leadership by Extension Professionals

Lisa Kaslon, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to further understand how Extension employees perceive their self-leadership impacting their transfer of training after they participate in professional development. The study aims to answer the following research question, “How do Extension professionals describe their experiences of transfer of training as influenced by their perceptions of their self-leadership? The methodological approach used for this research was the case study. In this case study, professional development training for Extension professionals is considered contemporary events and even though the training is intended to teach behaviors, the actual behaviors of the participants after the training cannot be manipulated. Assuming a realist perspective, the theory in designing a case study is about gathering the different perspectives of participants to see how and why their perspectives address the study. Data collection methods included a questionnaire, interviews, and document review. In this study, the intent was to better understand how participants who participated in training experiences perceived that self-leadership strategies were personally used to transfer the training to the workplace. A semi-structured interview protocol was used, and explanation building was used for this purpose. Through coding of data, three themes and 12 subthemes emerged. The findings revealed that while they were specifically not aware of the strategies of self-leadership participants did use some of the strategies naturally, found success when using the strategies as they related to transfer, and firmly believe Extension faculty need to learn more about self-leadership and the strategies to support transfer and their overall role. The conclusions drawn show the importance of self-leadership as a leadership theory relevant and critical to the work of Extension professionals. The understanding and relevance of self-leadership as it relates to the autonomous nature of Extension work could bring possible success not only in the transfer of additional training but to the overall effectiveness of employees in their Extension roles.

Subject Area

Agricultural education|Education|Educational leadership

Recommended Citation

Kaslon, Lisa, "A Case Study on the Transfer of Training as Influenced by Perceptions of Self-Leadership by Extension Professionals" (2022). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI29322889.
https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI29322889

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