ERIC Number: ED226654
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Results of an Administrator Career Development Program.
Bare, Alan C.
A comprehensive 18-month career development program for administrators that was conducted by a state university is described. The program is based on the concept of personal growth contracting, which encourages individuals to accept responsibility for their own development by conducting self-assessments, preparing personal growth plans, and pursuing self-directed learning. The institution provides training in career management skills as well as learning opportunities both on and off the job. At the first workshop, each of the 52 participants completed four evaluation instruments: a Personal Development Practices Survey; the On-the-Job Development Questionnaire (Bare, 1981); the Job Diagnostic Survey (Hackman and Oldham, 1980); and a brief demographic questionnaire. Upon completion of the program, participants listed specific actions already undertaken or planned to foster personal development. It was found that participants increased their self-development activity significantly by the end of the program. The most active were persons having strong needs for promotion, higher salary, and job security. The more active were also the more highly educated in the group. The data suggest that the program primarily helped "plateaued," career-oriented professionals to search more artfully and actively for new jobs. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper prepared for the International Conference on Improving University Teaching (9th, Dublin, Ireland, July 6-9, 1983).