A cross national study of agricultural education competencies.
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The purpose of this research was to explore and describe perceived academic knowledge, skills, and abilities of agricultural and extension education graduate students in cross-national settings to ascertain if the rankings of variables were consistent by country. Using a Web-based questionnaire, data were collected from 23 countries. One hundred and sixty-six graduate students participated in the study. The findings showed that most perceived competency rankings varied by country. The rankings of five competencies tended to be consistent with respect to national settings: Applications Knowledge ranked second in four knowledge categories; Systems Skill ranked sixth in seven skill categories; Technical Skill ranked seventh in seven skill categories; Communication Abilities ranked first in four ability categories; and Attentiveness & Quantitative Abilities ranked fourth in four ability categories. Recommendations include increased professional conversations about agricultural and extension education graduate student competencies in cross-national contexts and further study.
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Lindner, J. R., Dooley, K. E., & Wingenbach, G. J.