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n Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies - Web-based training needs of agricultural professionals in tertiary institutions in Rivers State, Nigeria

Volume 5, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 2141-6990
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Abstract

This study assessed the web-based training needs of agricultural professionals in tertiary institutions in Rivers State; it identified their socio-demographic characteristics, determined their web-based training needs and ascertained the benefits of web-based training to these agricultural professionals. The study also determined the availability of computers and other web-based training facilities and identified the factors affecting the application of web-based training by the respondents. Ninety structured questionnaires for data collection were administered to randomly selected agricultural professionals in three universities in Rivers State. However, only 83 of these questionnaires were recovered and analysed. Analyses were done using simple percentages and mean scores. The hypothesis was tested using chi-square technique. Findings from the study revealed that a higher percentage (36.1%) were in the age range of 25-34 years, male (66.3%) agricultural professionals were more than the female, 73.5% were married and were all specialized in different areas of agriculture. Among the web-based training needs of agricultural professionals were; how to type documents, browse on the internet, set data in spread sheet. The benefit of web-based training were to facilitate communication with researchers (M=3.60), improve access to agricultural knowledge (M=3.75), conduct field surveys (M=3.12) and access to new knowledge and technologies (M=3.75). Factors limiting the application and benefits of web-based training for agricultural professionals were identified to include lack of computer facilities (m=3.58), high cost of operation (M =3.33) and inadequate electronic power (M=3.70). Therefore the study recommended that prices of computers and cost of operation of web-based facilities should be subsidized by government.

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2014-01-01
2019-09-19

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