ERIC Number: ED024870
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Continuing Education for Ministers; A Pilot Evaluation of Three Programs.
McCune, Shirley D.; Mills, Edgar W.
Three continuing education programs for Protestant clergymen were studied to assess program impact, gain further understanding of the occupational roles and educational needs of ministers, and develop hypotheses and improved evaluation techniques. Goals and effects of the programs overlapped, with participants reporting much satisfaction. General role and behavior changes were toward a greater orientation to people and a liberalization of ideas and feelings. Educational needs pertained mainly to perspective on one's ministry, stronger occupational identity, and the study of rapid social change; regional, age, and program format variations were more significant than denominational differences. It was recommended that such programs should incorporate evaluation research, sponsor research, and make their goals more specific. The new hypotheses were based on social and emotional effects of residential programs, effects of program structure on morale and vocational commitment, the apparent brevity of program impacts, and the possibility of having many ministers from a given system participate in the same program. (Document is also available for $2.00 from the National Council of Churches, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036.) (ly)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Behavior Change, Clergy, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Job Satisfaction, Participant Characteristics, Participant Satisfaction, Professional Continuing Education, Program Evaluation, Research, Role Perception, Statistical Data
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