ERIC Number: ED219239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Continuing Education for Scientists and Engineers: Delivery Systems in North Carolina.
Harrell, Daniel E.; Gibbs, Rebecca F.
Focusing on the continuing education (CE) of scientists/engineers in North Carolina working in small (1-500 employees), geographically dispersed companies, this study: 1) identified and described CE resources currently being used by scientists/engineers to maintain and extend their professional competence and capabilities; 2) determined the extent of use and the perceived effectiveness of these education resources in meeting CE needs of scientists/engineers; and 3) identified deficit CE needs of scientists/engineers and the preferred delivery systems. Scientists/engineers (N=480) and managers (N=61) were interviewed using instruments developed for the study (included in an appendix). Results are reported under the following headings for 1) scientist/engineer data: description of scientist/engineer participants, participation in structured and unstructured educational resources, personal evaluation of current knowledge in field, objectives for participating in CE, impact of CE on professional growth, preference rating on delivery systems, employee perceptions of employer attitudes, and requested courses and preferred delivery systems; and 2) management official data: description of participating companies, use/support/effectiveness of structured and unstructured educational resources, recognition/reward for participation and annual expenditures for scientist/engineer CE, employer perceptions of scientists'/engineers' objectives for CE, and requested courses and preferred delivery systems. Results, conclusions, recommendations, supporting documentation (statistical tables) and list of desired courses are included. (Author/SK)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Directorate for Science Education.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh. School of Engineering.
Identifiers: National Science Foundation; North Carolina; Science Education Research