ERIC Number: ED368320
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Effectiveness and Quality in Continuing Professional Education: A Critical Examination of the Interface between Policy and Practice in UK Universities.
Day, Christopher; And Others
This 2-year study of the effectiveness and quality of continuing professional education (CPE) in the United Kingdom identified policy implementation issues resulting from recent government policies and economic imperatives which have given rise to a "new managerialism" which is changing the organizational culture of higher education including CPE. The study interviewed 40 tutors and over 60 students from 14 departments involved in continuing education at 9 different universities. Tutors taught in the areas of: building and construction, health and safety, teacher/lecturer education, geographical sciences, counseling, management, educational management, leisure and outdoor activities, and law. The tutors and students were interviewed in semi-structured formats, some students were interviewed in groups, and five small scale case studies were done of tutors' work. Students were in courses ranging from single-day training events to 2-year part time masters degrees programs. The study found a significant gap between the rhetoric of existing prescriptions for CPE effectiveness and quality and the "actuality" of CPE. In particular the study found that the "new managerialism" must take into account four features central to effective implementation of their policies: (1) tutors' and students' perspectives; (2) tutors' values and practices and issues of change; (3) the market influences on developing CPE; and (4) the contribution of course evaluation to developing CPE. (Contains 13 references.) (JB)
Descriptors: Administrative Change, Adult Students, Change Strategies, College Administration, College Faculty, College Students, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Interviews, Organizational Effectiveness, Professional Continuing Education, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Theory Practice Relationship
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: United Kingdom
Note: Paper presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education Conference (Brighton, England, United Kingdom, December 1993).