|Agricultural Extension: Guidelines for Extension Workers in Rural Areas (SKAT, 1994, 298 p.)|
There are various ways of approaching these guidelines:
· systematically via the Main Index
· selectively via the Keyword Index when looking for solutions to recurring difficult situations
· leafing through it out of curiosity
· having a laugh at the cartoons
· conscientiously, to please the boss
· attentively, because ideas are always welcome.
All these approaches ultimately lead to keywords and lists of questions. We have tried to make the questions as open and comprehensive as possible. This does not mean that they are all always relevant, nor that the lists are always complete. We included the questions because we firmly believe that the people directly concerned with a problem must solve it for themselves, while our list of questions may help them to do so.
We have tried to follow the all-important principle in extension of "Questions instead of Instructions". We should like to accompany the user of these Guidelines from vaguely-perceived difficulties to a clear recognition and analysis of his or her problems. Because the questions are not only meant to be posed but also discussed and answered, we suggest:
Allow yourself a breathing space so that any questions raised can be calmly considered and discussed with your colleages.
Four Ways In
There are four ways into the Guidelines:
· via the Table of Contents which gives a systematic overview of the individual chapters
· via this Introduction
· by looking at the list of the Frequently Occurring Difficulties in extension work, to find wich ones apply to your situation and which parts of these guidelines are relevant for you
· by consulting the Keyword Index which includes all the titles of the lists of questions as well as others relevant expressions used in extension