Perceptions of community development held by Saskatchewan's community college personnel
MacLellan, John Angus
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceptions of community development held by personnel in Saskatchewan's community college system. A criterion based model of community development was established and used as the basis for the development of an instrument which measured the perceptions of those who participated in the study. Data were obtained from 143 respondents. This included a description of the group in terms of selected variables and the investigation of relationships between these variables and the respondents' perceptions of community development. The respondents were also asked to react to six issues relating to the community college's ability to carry out community development. These responses were compared with their perceptions of community development. Relationships between perceptions and each of the study variables were examined using analysis of variance. Significant relationships were judged to be those having a chance occurrence of less than 5%. Significant differences were found in the perceptions of those who: (a) reported various levels of training in community development; (b) reported various levels of self-assessed knowledge of community development; (c) disagreed on Issue No. 4 which dealt with the role the colleges should assume respecting controversial issues. The replies of respondents on the nature of their training and experience in community development and their reasons for positions taken on the issues showed that in many cases, their interpretations of community development were very broad.