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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2018, Volume : 6, Issue : 4
First page : (29) Last page : (35)
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Development of a Test for Measuring the Knowledge Level of Farmers in Paddy Cultivation

Mir Rufaida*, Rekhi Singh, Dar Mushtaq and Zahoor Shah

Division of Agriculture Extension and Communication, Shere Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technolog, Faculty of Agriculture, Wadura, Sopore
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Received: 19.07.2018  |  Revised: 16.08.2018   |  Accepted: 23.08.2018  



A study was designed to develop a standardized test to measure the knowledge of paddy growing farmers. A preliminary test of thirty six knowledge items was initially administered to 30 paddy farmers for item analysis. Finally thirteen knowledge items were included in the final format of the knowledge test based on difficulty index (30 to 80), discrimination index (≥ 0.3). The reliability of the knowledge test was measured with the help of split-half method and the reliability coefficient was found to be 0.87, which indicates that the knowledge test is reliable. Also, criterion validity was measured after establishing theoretical relationship between knowledge and adoption of recommended package of practice.  Adoption levels of recommended package of practices for rice were calculated for 30 farmers. These scores were correlated with the knowledge scores. The ‘r’ value was found to be 0.86. Since the ‘r’ values were significant at 0.01 level of probability, the scale developed was considered as valid. The test was further administered to 150 respondents and it was found that majority of the respondents (44%) had medium level of knowledge about recommended package of practices for paddy cultivation. 

Key words: Knowledge test, Reliability, Validity, Item Analysis. Difficulty Index

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Cite this article: Rufaida, M., Singh, R., Dar M. and Shah, Z., Development of a Test for Measuring the Knowledge Level of Farmers in Paddy Cultivation, Int. J. Pure App. Biosci.6(4): 29-35 (2018). doi: