Operational research into the applicability of communication network analysis as a method of evaluating the multiplier effect and information decay of participant training programs

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Title:
Operational research into the applicability of communication network analysis as a method of evaluating the multiplier effect and information decay of participant training programs
Author:
Louka, Marie Ruth, 1965-
Issue Date:
1995
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Sustainable international development efforts often rely on the ability of trained individuals to transfer their new knowledge to colleagues. Most USAID-funded participant training programs train for a multiplier effect. This study hypothesized that communication network analysis is an appropriate method to measure the multiplier effect and the degree of information decay of participant training. Returned Honduran participants (first generation learners) of teacher training were questioned on the nature of the relationship between them and the receiver (second generation) of the innovation information. Relationship tie strength was determined by combining measures of multiplexity, homogeneity and other indices as set forth by Granovetter (1973). Information decay was measured by questioning what was learned and taught by each generation. The study found weak ties were approached more often than intermediate or strong ties. Remarks about what was learned and what had been taught became more specific, as information flowed through generations. Communication network analysis is a promising evaluation method regardless of the training topic.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Education, Adult and Continuing.; Education, Teacher Training.; Information Science.
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Agricultural education
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Huber, Roger

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleOperational research into the applicability of communication network analysis as a method of evaluating the multiplier effect and information decay of participant training programsen_US
dc.creatorLouka, Marie Ruth, 1965-en_US
dc.contributor.authorLouka, Marie Ruth, 1965-en_US
dc.date.issued1995en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractSustainable international development efforts often rely on the ability of trained individuals to transfer their new knowledge to colleagues. Most USAID-funded participant training programs train for a multiplier effect. This study hypothesized that communication network analysis is an appropriate method to measure the multiplier effect and the degree of information decay of participant training. Returned Honduran participants (first generation learners) of teacher training were questioned on the nature of the relationship between them and the receiver (second generation) of the innovation information. Relationship tie strength was determined by combining measures of multiplexity, homogeneity and other indices as set forth by Granovetter (1973). Information decay was measured by questioning what was learned and taught by each generation. The study found weak ties were approached more often than intermediate or strong ties. Remarks about what was learned and what had been taught became more specific, as information flowed through generations. Communication network analysis is a promising evaluation method regardless of the training topic.en_US
dc.description.noteDigitization note: p.82 missing from paper original; appears to be pagination error rather than missing content.en
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectEducation, Adult and Continuing.en_US
dc.subjectEducation, Teacher Training.en_US
dc.subjectInformation Science.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAgricultural educationen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorHuber, Rogeren_US
dc.identifier.proquest1362200en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b33270648en_US
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