The study reported here determined the barriers and effective educational strategies to develop Extension agents' professional competencies. This was a descriptive survey research conducted with a random sample of Extension agents. Increased workload and lack of time and funding were identified as the most constraining barriers of Extension agents acquiring competencies. Extension agents identified the face-to-face small group training workshop as the most effective educational delivery method for acquiring desired Extension competencies. This implies the need for using small group face-to-face training programs close to the work place as a viable alternative for achieving desired results.
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Lakai, D., Jayaratne, K., Moore, G. E., & Kistler, M. J. (2012). Barriers and Effective Educational Strategies to Develop Extension Agents' Professional Competencies. The Journal of Extension, 50(4), Article 18. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol50/iss4/18