Adult training in home science extension activities
Adult learning is a process of stressing and helping the learners to develop a potential of ‘how’ of thinking rather than ‘what’ of thinking. It is to make the learners self reliant. It is usually done by utilizing the locally available qualitative resources. It is also solving problems ‘of the people by the people’. Extension education via training was first developed for the farmers to solve their agricultural problems. It later extended to homemakers and children of farmers. It was done with an effort to make their life easy at fields and home. Adult learning is defined as ‘the entire range of formal, non-formal and informal learning activities which are undertaken by adults after a break since leaving initial education and training, and which results in the acquisition of new knowledge and skills’. Adult learning is the most diverse of the lifelong learning sectors, and national adult learning systems (where these exist) are complex and heterogeneous. Characteristics of Adult Learning are to decide for themselves what is important to be learned. There is a need to validate the information based on their beliefs and experience. They expect their learning to be immediately useful. They have much of experience. They have good ‘rapport’ with the fellow learners and thus can be of use to the extension agent or the teacher to help disseminate information.