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Title: Determining Needs in a Rural County: The Case Of Greene County
Authors: Dixon, William Stanley
Advisors: Dr. Dalton Proctor, Committee Member
Dr. David Mustian, Committee Chair
Dr. David Jenkins, Committee Member
Dr. Ron Shearon, Committee Member
Keywords: need environmental scanning locus of control strat
Issue Date: 15-Jul-2003
Degree: EdD
Discipline: Adult and Community College Education
Abstract: The purpose of the study was to identify the relationship between perceived needs of Greene County citizens in regard to socio-demographic factors, community factors, and socio-psychological factors. A survey instrument was mailed to 400 county residents, who were selected randomly from the 911 mailing list. Positional leaders (45) in the county were surveyed, from various agencies and local boards. One hundred and ninety-two usable questionnaires were returned, for a 48% response rate. Description of variables was obtained by determining frequency distribution, perception of need by local citizens, and three sets of independent variables. The independent variables were socio-demographic factors (age, gender, employment status, employment location, ethnic background, income, education and marital status), community factors (county native, non-native and leadership role) and socio-psychological factor (locus of control). The findings revealed that Greene County citizens and leaders are satisfied with the county services received from the existing departments. The primary needs of Greene County as expressed by study respondents are available quality water, advanced emergency management services and crime and safety protection. Socio-demographic factors did not influence respondents' perception of the three most important needs. But socio-demographic factors did influence respondents' perception of non-basic needs such as economic development and land use planning. Community factors, leadership role and county native or non-native did influence perception of need. The socio-psychological factor, locus of control influenced respondents' perception of need in Greene County. The majority of respondents were mixed oriented.
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/4701
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