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ARPN Journal of Science and Technology

Distance Training On Livestock Farming – Barriers and Strategies

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Author T Senthilkumar, N K Sudeepkumar, M Thirunavukkarasu
ISSN 2225-7217
On Pages 487-491
Volume No. 2
Issue No. 5
Issue Date June 01, 2012
Publishing Date June 01, 2012
Keywords Distance training, Livestock farming, Barriers, Strategies


A study was conducted to assess the barriers perceived by the learners in distance mode and to suggest the strategies for effective delivery of knowledge and skills to the learners, based on the data collected from 100 respondents randomly selected from each of 221 and 135 learners of dairy and goat farming courses of TANUVAS. The constraints perceived by the respondents of dairy and goat farming distance courses exhibited an overall mean score of 1.5 and 1.6 respectively, both ranging from ‘least constraint’ to ‘no constraint’. Lack of guidance from the local coordinators and lack of collaborations / co-operations with learning centers was perceived as constraint to more severe constraint. The factor - improper tracking of learners achievements – was given the score of 3.9 (by dairy course learners) and 4.0 (by goat course learners), implying it to be a severe constraint. The overall and individual constraints’ scores in social and economic barriers ranged between 1 and 2, as they were perceived not to be the constraints by the learners in both course categories. A strategic 5-4-3 spiral model (5 steps in preparatory stage, 4 in implementation stage and 3 in evaluation stage) is suggested for ensuring effectiveness in the conduct of distance education courses in livestock farming.

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