The purpose of this study was to describe the level of self-directedness of selected extension clienteles in Doctor Arroyo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The population for this study included 44 farmers and ranchers attending participatory rural development workshops near Doctor Arroyo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Data were collected through hand delivered questionnaires. Overall, research participants mean Self-directed Learning Readiness Scores (SDLRS) were similar to the worldwide adult mean. Participants’ individual scores, however, tended to be either below average or above average. An implication exists that both pedagogically and andragogically based teaching methods need to be used by agricultural and extension educators to educate this particular clientele group.

Keywords: Self-directed learning, Mexico, extension, rural communities, groups, innovation


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