ERIC Number: ED031139
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Problems of Professional Identity: An Examination of Training for Human Resource Development and Educational Planning.
The need for better preparation of those engaged in planning the development of human resources has been recognized, but programs aimed at such preparation differ according to the degree to which planners are seen as professionals. The type of program carried out in several US universities meets the needs of various types of planning by offering some specialization while supplying all degree candidates with a coherent body of professional knowledge. Because the label of professional planner is new and unrecognized, graduates of professional degree programs in planning suffer from problems of identity and limited opportunities for employment. If, however, the planner were known as a new type of administrator and if administrative programs in a few selected universities were adjusted to provide a common core along with lines of specialization including international work, the planner's position would be much easier. Care should be taken to prevent the conventional wisdom of older disciplines from suffocating the teaching of new administrative skills. "Comparative education,""international education" and "development education" need redefining so that the practical and theoretical orientations of these fields are clarified and their aims understood. In the opening phases of this new effort to create a trade or profession of human resource planners, many questions related to their functions remain. One of the objectives of this report was to clarify terminology in this emerging field, for it was evident at the Dartmouth workshop on the training of educational planners that word usage caused much confusion. (JS)
Descriptors: Administrator Characteristics, Administrators, Comparative Education, Curriculum, Developmental Programs, Educational Planning, Higher Education, Human Development, Human Resources, International Education, Planning
Education and World Affairs, 522 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York
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Authoring Institution: Education and World Affairs, New York, NY.
Note: Impetus for this paper was provided by the Workshop on the Training of Educational Planners sponsored by the Education and Human Resource Development Committee of EWA, Dartmouth College, August 21-22, 1967