Volume 39 - Number 1 - 1998 | DOI: 10.5032/jae.1998.01048



The purpose of this study was to assess the viewpoints of extension agents regarding the most appropriate methods for teaching adult fanners, their own educa tional needs, and obstacles hampering them in developing and delivering educational programs for adult fanners in Esfahan Province, Iran. The population included all extension agents in the province of Esfahan who were involved in teaching processes andpractices to adult fanners (N=102). Data were collected through a questionnaire mailed to each extension agent. The response rate was 83%. The most appropriate teaching methods as perceived by tie extension agents were result demonstrations, method demonstrations, formal group meetings, and informal discussions. Most extension agents said that they needed training in identifying and organizing training content, various teaching methods, and needs analysis. Obstacles hampering extension agents in developing educational programs in the Province of Esfahan, Iran, were lack of teaching equipment, poor educational facilities, dispersion among fanners, and poor linkages between research centers and extension administration.

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