ERIC Number: ED062603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May-2
Reference Count: 0
New Developments in Continuing Education for the Professions.
Dubin, Samuel S.
The need of the professions to update is studied. It is pointed out that the half-life in a professional's competence is the point in time after the completion of training when he had become roughly half as competent as he was upon graduation. Obsolescence is defined as a reduction of efficiencies of performance over time. It has been found to exist when there is a discrepancy between job needs and managerial or professional capabilities as a result of innovation. It is stated that the motivational process at the adult and professional level is a major undeveloped area and one which continuing education should explore. Various methods of assessing competence include: testing, questionnaires, interviews. Research in continuing education has been found to be light in both quantity and quality. Continuing education approaches are studied in the following fields: medicine, natural resources, education, psychology, law, biological science, dentistry, management, engineering. (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Administration, Adult Education, Dentistry, Educational Needs, Engineering, Evaluation Methods, Innovation, Interviews, Knowledge Level, Medicine, Motivation, Natural Resources, Professional Occupations, Program Evaluation, Psychology, Questionnaires, Research, Sciences, Task Performance, Testing
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Note: Paper presented at the National University Extension Association (Columbia, S. C., May 2, 1972)