K. P. Vanetha
A study was conducted in two villages of Kothagiri block of Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu. The plant protection measures in tea crop for the pest red spider mite and blister blight disease was selected as the technology. Considering its prime importance, a newness and demand from the tribal farm women and the reconnaissance survey made in the study area paved way to select the technology. The present study was conducted with a specific objective to know the effectiveness of the Interactive Multimedia Compact Disc (IMCD) and Web page in terms of knowledge gain and symbolic adoption by the tribal farm women. Four treatments namely Interactive Multimedia Compact Disc (T1), Interactive Multimedia Compact Disc followed by discussion (T2), Web page(T3), Web page followed by discussion (T4) were tested for their effectiveness. The effectiveness was studied in terms of knowledge gain and symbolic adoption for all the four treatments. Interactive Multimedia Compact Disc (T1) was found to be most effective and superior in imparting knowledge. All the four treatments were effective in imparting knowledge with considerable variation in their effectiveness. Among the four treatments Interactive Multimedia Compact Disc followed by discussion (T2) had highest symbolic adoption score. Moreover, there existed significant difference between the four treatments in influencing the symbolic adoption.
Keyword: Effectiveness; Knowledge gain; Symbolic adoption; Interactive multimedia compact disc; Web page;