ERIC Number: ED328297
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-30
Reference Count: N/A
Continuing Education Needs Assessment Study of Dietary Technicians. Volume XVIII, No. 3.
Wisner, Patricia; Lucas, John A.
In 1990, a survey was conducted by William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to determine the continuing education needs of dietetic technicians in the Chicago area. The survey was mailed to 844 dietetic technicians, requesting information on their awareness of and interest in WRHC's continuing education offerings in their field. Major findings of the survey, based on a 7.8% response rate, included the following: (1) 62% of the 66 respondents were familiar with WRHC's offerings for dietetic technicians, 49% had participated previously in at least one continuing education offering, and 9% had participated in more than six offerings; (2) 50% of the respondents preferred the scheduling of all-day seminars on Friday, while the preferred time for 2- to 4-hour seminars was Saturday morning; (3) the four continuing education topics that at least 30 respondents stated they would most like to see offered at WRHC were laboratory tests and nutritional implications, geriatric nutrition, weight reduction and diets, and nutritional assessment/screening; (4) 71% of the respondents were employed full-time, 12% were employed part-time, and 17% were unemployed; (5) among employed respondents, 40% worked in hospitals, and 36.5% worked in long-term care facilities; (6) 85% indicated that the Commission on Dietetic Registration and the Dietary Manager's Association should be the sole agencies approving WRHC's dietetic technician courses; and (7) job responsibilities most frequently mentioned by respondents were charting care plans, planning and correcting menus, and managing dietary staff. The survey instrument, cover letter, data tables, and selected narrative responses are included. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.
Identifiers: Dietary Technicians; Illinois (Chicago)