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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DOGMATISM SCORES AND PERFORMANCE RATINGS AMONG ADULT EDUCATORS

By C. Dennis Funk and G. L. Carter

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As a part of a larger research undertaking concerned with identify-ing variables which contribute to high performance among adult educators, particularly Extension personnel, this study was ad-dressed to an examination of the relationship between dogmatism (open-closed-mindedness) and job performance. Data were col-lected by mail questionnaires from 486 out of 503 (96.6%) county Extension workers with major responsibility for adult education programs in agriculture in five states. Dogmatism was measured by the Rokeach Dogmatism Scale (Form E) included in the ques-tionnaire. Performance was determined by supervisor ratings using the paired comparison technique. The data revealed a slight negative relationship (gamma =-.19) between dogmatism and performance. This relationship was affected by the age and level of education of the respondents. Open-minded agents tended to be rated higher in performance than the close-minded

Year: 2016
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