Title page for ETD etd-5198-13568

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Nason, Alan Barry
Author's Email Address anason@titan.com
URN etd-5198-13568
Title Motivation of managers assigned to a Federal agency towards participation in government-sponsored training
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Adult and Continuing Education
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Wiswell, Albert W. Committee Chair
Boucouvalas, Marcie Committee Member
Howard, Melissa Committee Member
Reio, Thomas G. Jr. Committee Member
Stubblefield, Harold W. Committee Member
  • adult education
  • training
  • participation
  • managers
  • government agency
Date of Defense 1998-05-22
Availability unrestricted

Alan B. Nason


This study examined the motivations of managers in a Federal government agency to participate or not participate in voluntary government-sponsored training. The researcher distributed a questionnaire, via agency electronic mail, to managers and supervisors in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The questionnaire comprised items selected from three instruments used and validated in previous adult education participation studies and provided the data for this study. Section 1 of the questionnaire addressed demographics, Section 2 addressed non-participation, and Section 3 addressed participation. Respondents rated the degree of influence or importance each item had on their decision to participate or not to participate in government-sponsored training.

The data revealed the relative importance of the reasons for participation and non-participation and their relationship to the demographic variables. Cognitive interest and professional advancement were the primary motivations for participation in training. Lack of course relevance and time constraints were the primary motivations for not participating in training. There was no significant difference in motivation between men and women managers for either participation or non-participation. Other demographic variables had low to mid-range correlations with specific reasons for participation and non-participation, none of which were concentrated on a single cluster or factor.

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