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Difference between Formal Education and Extension Education

Formal Education

Extension Education

The teacher starts with theory and works up to practical

The teacher (Extension worker) starts with practical and may take up theory later on

Students study subjects

Farmers study problems

Students must adapt themselves to the fixed curriculum offered

It has no fixed curriculum or course study and the farmers help to formulate curriculum

Authority rests with the teacher

Authority tests with the farmers

Class attendance is compulsory

Participation is voluntary

 Teacher instructs the student

Teaching is also through local leaders

Teaching is only through instructors

Teaching is also through local leaders

Teaching is mainly vertical

Teaching is mainly horizontal

The teacher has more or less  homogeneous audience

The teacher has a large and heterogeneous audience

It is rigid

It is flexible

It has all pre-planned programme

It has freedom to develop programme

It is more theoretical

It is more practical and intended for immediate application in the solution of problem

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