Khan, Muhammad Ather Javed (2003) IDENTIFICATION AND RANK ORDER DEVELOPMENT OF SELF PERCEIVED COMPETENCIES POSSESSED BY AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION AGENTS IN THE PUNJAB, PAKISTAN. PhD thesis, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.
The Agricultural Officers (AOs) are the development professionals in the field of agriculture in Pakistan. The agricultural extension service which is a provincial responsibility in Pakistan tries to educate farmers regarding the adoption of latest technology. Recently they have been requested to work under a different paradigm i.e. Decentralized Extension which required the role change of AOs from supervision and officer to front line extension worker. Therefore this study was designed to identify and prioritize the training needs of AOs regarding professional and technical competencies in the Punjab, Pakistan. The study used a description survey research methodology. Out of 341 agricultural officers, a random sample of 181 was taken. A questionnaire was developed by the researcher from the synthesis of related literatures and organizing series of workshop. The questionnaire was consisted of four sections: (1) Demographic information; (2) Assessment of professional competencies; (3) Assessment of technical competencies; (4) Appropriate time and method of in service training. It was also tested for validity and reliability. The Cronbach s alpha for various categories of competencies ranged 0.84 to 0.97. The questionnaire comprised 105 professional competencies and 38 technical competencies. Each competency statement required the respondents to rate the item on two similar 1 5 point Likert scales. One rating was for possessed level of competency and the other for importance level of competency. The overall response rate was 79.5% (144) out of the 181 respondents. The data were analyzed statistically using computer soft wares Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) The discrepancy values between importance and possessed level of competencies (training needs) AOs were positive values for all professional competency categories ranging from lowest value 0.61 to highest value 2.18. It was concluded that priority wise professional areas of competence in which agriculture officers need training included; computer skills and their application in agriculture extension, use of modem audio visual aids; participatory extension methodology; professionalism; human behaviour / public relations; program planning; extension teaching methods; and supervision and administration. The discrepancy values between importance and possessed level of competencies (training needs) were positive values for all technical competency categories ranging from lowest value 0.50 to highest value 1.18. It was concluded that priority wise technical areas of competence in which agriculture officers need training included; use farm machinery; application of plant protection measure; horticultural crops; and agronomic practices.
|Item Type:||Thesis (PhD)|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Rank order development, Self perceived competencies, Agricultural extension, Agricultural officers, Educate farmers, Decentralized extension, Professional competencies, Technical competencies, Service training, Agriculture, Acquaintance,|
|Subjects:||Agriculture & Veterinary Sciences(a) > Agriculture(a1)|
|Deposited By:||Mr Ghulam Murtaza|
|Deposited On:||16 Jun 2006|
|Last Modified:||04 Oct 2007 20:59|
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