Dissertation Defense - Ramjee Ghimire - April 20

Date: April 20, 2016
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Dissertation Defense - Ramjee Ghimire - April 20 Natural Resources RM 130

ASSESSMENT OF CORE COMPETENCIES

OF AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION PROFESSIONALS IN NEPAL

Dissertation Defense

Ramjee Ghimire

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

10 a.m.

130 Natural Resources

Abstract

Agricultural extension services are under pressure to improve their services and contribute more to agricultural development. Extension services require human resources that are competent both technically as well as in process skills. Examining the competencies of extension staff members is vital to management being cognizant of their training and educational needs as well as being able to mobilize them to accomplish extension tasks. This three-paper dissertation seeks to assess how Nepalese extension professionals perceive extension core competencies.

Using extension experts’ input and information drawn from a literature review, the first paper identifies areas of core competency that the agricultural extension professionals in Nepal need to possess to effectively deliver extension services to clients. The 11 core competencies identified are communication, coordination, program planning, program implementation, professionalism, motivation and positive attitude, education and informational technology, diversity and pluralism, leadership, research extension linkages, and technical knowledge. The second paper uses self-administered and web survey data and discusses the perceptions of importance of core competencies of extension professionals. Findings showed competencies to be very important to extension work are those related to personal and professional development followed by communication skills. The third paper examines extension professionals’ level of the core competencies. The findings showed a moderate level of competency among extension professionals in all areas. The gap between the rating on level of importance and level of competency was computed. The widest such gap was found in education and informational technology followed closely by subject matter expertise and program evaluation. The study has several implications for the preservice and inservice agricultural education and training in Nepal.

Guidance Committee:

  • Dr. Murari Suvedi (Chairperson)
  • Dr. Michel Kaplowitz
  • Dr. Robert Richardson
  • Dr. John Dirkx