Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Russell Sims, Charles Crume, William Kummer, Henry Baughman

Degree Program

Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport

Degree Type

Master of Science


This study was undertaken to investigate the importance of various characteristics possessed by volunteer Hunter Education Instructors, as perceived by two study populations. The populations of volunteer Hunter Education Instructors in Kentucky and Hunter Safety Coordinators in the United States and Canada were asked to rate the importance of thirty-five given characteristics. Respondents were also requested to list any characteristics perceived as important that were not included in the battery of given characteristics.

Both groups perceived that the majority of given characteristics were highly important. The volunteer Hunter Education Instructors and Hunter Safety Coordinators mostly agreed on which characteristics were important. Characteristics seen as highly important included "Is highly knowledgeable in hunter safety practices"; "researches questions to which he or she does not know the answers"; "Is organized and prepared"; "stimulates thinking among students"; "speaks clearly and audibly"; and "makes students feel at ease and comfortable." Respondents perceived the characteristics "Is a member of a hunting and/or conservation organization or club" and "Is certified as an Emergency Medical Technician as being of no importance when possessed by a volunteer Hunter Education Instructor. Other given characteristics were perceived as 'moderately important' or 'of little importance' for volunteer Instructors.


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