Effects of Training on Skill Development of Agricultural Extension Workers in Bangladesh: A Case Study in Four Upazilas (Sub-district) Under Kishoreganj District
Mohammad Jiaul Hoque and Koichi Usami
DOI : 10.3844/jssp.2008.21.28
Journal of Social Sciences
Volume 4, Issue 1
This study was conducted to identify the contributing Off-the-Job Trainings (Off-JT) and determinant On-the-Job Training (OJT) for developing Agricultural Extension Workersâ (AEWs) extension skills. Data on AEWsâ skill levels on selected four extension skill areas (namely, working with group, organizing and running a demonstration, assessing farmersâ problems, and work planning), attendance of Off-JT, and OJT practices were collected from 90 AEWs using structured questionnaires. The mean scores of AEWsâ extension skill levels on the four extension skill areas ranged from 60 to 67. Most of the Off-JTs significantly differed between the AEWsâ group 1 (namely the low skill level group) and AEWsâ group 2 (namely the high skill level group) in the areas of selected four extension skills. Except one Off-JT on âdeveloping group dynamicsâ all the others Off-JTs were important contributing factors to the AEWsâ skill on working with group. Less than half of the Off-JTs were important contributing factors to the AEWsâ skill on organizing and running a demonstration, problem identification, and planning. On the other hand, almost all of the AEWs in group 2 were practiced OJT with intension to develop their extension skills. However, the OJT that practiced by the AEWs in group 1 was very much limited.
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