Paper Information

Journal:   JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES OF SHIRAZ UNIVERSITY   SUMMER 2006 , Volume 24 , Number 2 (47); Page(s) 45 To 57.
 
Paper: 

MENTORING: AN APPROACH IN RURAL LEADERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAMS

 
 
Author(s):  ZAMANI GH.H., LARI M.B.
 
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Abstract: 

Farming system with its interdisciplinary approach has received the most attention in the last decade. It has two major components or subsystems: 1. Biological – ecological 2. Social – cultural Agricultural extension educators have put more emphasize on the second subsystem. It is believed that the empowerment of human resources has the most important role in agricultural development. Dealing with this aspect of social-cultural subsystem, a strong leadership program is required. To fulfill the objectives of this research 10 experienced and interested extension agents from Fars Province were selected by a purposeful sampling. The subjects were trained about leaders4ip development in rural areas and mentoring as an approach in training rural leaders. The data were collected from the action research (reports of 'action' and perceptions of subjects) as well as from the survey. Triangulation technique was used to combine the results of aforementioned methods and final judgments were made. This paper, based on an action research and a quantitative methodology, using survey technique, presents a comprehensive model in leadership development program for adult farmers, and introduces the "mentoring" approach as the most successful means in leadership training programs.

 
Keyword(s): RURAL LEADERSHIP, MENTORING, RURAL FARMING SYSTEM, LEADERSHIP TRAINING
 
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