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International Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension

New Developments in the field of Didactics: Application for Enhancement of Excellence in Agriculture Education and Training

Boat Sibanda1, Nhlanhla Moyo2, Onias Mtetwa3, Adolf B Dube4,  Dedani Mlilo5

1*2,4 Department of Animal Science and Rangeland Management, Lupane State University, Box AC 255, Ascot, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

3 World Vision, Area Development Programme (ADP), Livestock Specialist, Lupane, Zimbabwe.

5 Department of Veterinary Science, Hwange, Zimbabwe.

Accepted 18 January, 2016

Citation: Sibanda B, Moyo N, Mtetwa O, Dube AB,  Mlilo D (2016). New Developments in the field of Didactics: Application for Enhancement of Excellence in Agriculture Education and Training. International Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 2(1): 013-016.

Copyright: © 2016 Sibanda et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are cited.

Abstract

The study was carried out in uMzingwane district of Matabeleland South province in Zimbabwe to identify practical strategies that can be used to enhance agricultural knowledge among agriculture scholars. The research applied both tacit and informal theories (Schraw and Moshman, 1995) to identify ideal approaches in adult learning aimed to create scope for researching on agriculture learning didactics. A multi-stage random sampling was used to select 65 agriculturists (farmers) to which structured questionnaires were randomly administered. The data was analysed using a Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS, 2013). Farmers prefer learning through demonstrations (63%), participatory appraisals (17%) and question and answer (10%). There was an association in learning didactics using demonstration methods and word instruction: (X2=11.673, P<0.05). There was also strong positive correlation (r=0.8) between knowledge application using field trials and open or field days. Role plays seemed to out of be out of fashion (r=0.2). Training in agriculture should be holistic and emphasize on application of theory into practice. Some developments in the field of didactics are in harmony with training methods and approaches but they underscore the importance of matching training goals to individual, sector and national skills. There is need to rationalize and select cost effective teaching methods that consider institutional and national resource.

Key words: Agriculturist, farmer, didactic, demonstrations, training