ERIC Number: ED028720
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-3
Reference Count: 0
Professional Schools and Professional Demands: Closing the Gap.
Wilson, Vernon E.
Professional schools can expect to be faced with at least 2 urgent public demands: the expansion and improvement of professional training programs and the provision of certain types of professional community service by universities. The university could attempt to increase the supply of professionals by: expanding enrollement at professional schools and creating additional schools; taking advantage of theoretical and methodological advances so as to shorten the length of educational programs; fostering programs to enable the existing supply of professionals to be more productive. The university must also address itself to the problems of content and methodology of professional education. A professional must be action-oriented and his education should prepare him for diagnosing and solving real problems. Ways should be found to nurture the critical judgment of students. Because cricial decisions affecting society will probably continue to be made by nonprofessionals, professional schools have a responsibility to provide information about the relationship of their knowledge to the solution of social problems. Specific steps that could help shorten the gap between professional schools and demands society makes of the professional are: the establishment of computerized "fact banks" of information; establishment of a small team of faculty members who would critically review the clinical training offered to students; and initiation of exploratory conferences with members of various fiduciary boards so that the university can learn more about their educational needs. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the American Association for Higher Education's 24th National Conference on Higher Education, Chicago, Ill., Mar 2-5, 1969