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ERIC Number: ED208703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
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What Is Non-Traditional Education?
Fritsma, George A.
In an effort to insure that medical technologists prepared for their careers through nontraditional educational offerings are at least as competent as those graduated from traditional programs, the American Society for Medical Technology has defined the term "nontraditional education" for its own use, categorized the educational mechanisms that could be termed nontraditional, and determined the nontraditional paths that meet society criteria. Nontraditional education is defined as any approach that differs from a lecture, laboratory, and clinical experience model or any medical technology curriculum differing from the so-called "3 + 1." Two sets of criteria for inclusion in the nontraditional category are outlined. The first is of those for evaluating educational offerings as an administrative unit, and consists of: a statement of goal, learning objectives, an outline or syllabus, authoritative professional content document (certifiable materials), a statement of didactic approach, a designated coordinator who is a content expert with specific qualifications, laboratory resources made available to students, library resources, consulting personnel, evaluation components, and a record of learner achievements. Criteria for equivalency outcomes, the second set, includes: an evaluating agency, an evaluation coordinator, coordinator qualifications, content objectives with basis in an authoritative professional content document or documents, evaluation instruments (cognitive, psychomotor, and affective), minimum performance levels, and agency records. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: American Society for Medical Technology