ERIC Number: ED138780
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr-4
Reference Count: 0
Methodological Considerations in Evaluation of Continuing Education in the Health Professions--Utilization of Chain of Events Models in Determining Evaluation Criteria.
Dixon, Jane K.
An evaluation strategy is suggested which is designed to determine the effects of continuing education programs on the health care delivery system and to augment that effect. Topics dealt with include the distinctive aspects of continuing education; evaluation criteria; relationships among evaluation criteria; results of a review of literature on continuation education evaluation in medicine and nursing; limitations of evaluation; and conclusions regarding measurement, inference, and supporting research. The author concludes that if evaluation of continuing education programs is to be both successful and realistic, it cannot stand alone; it should be supplemented by two other lines of research: (1) All research into the effects of continuing education does not need to be of the"tacked on evaluation" variety. It is possible to create projects of which the primary purpose is to study continuing education, rather than to practice it. Such studies may serve as demonstration projects. (2) In general, to show that specific behavior inputs by health professionals are related to specific patient outcomes is the task, not of program evaluation, but of clinical practice research. Results of such experimental studies can be used by planners and evaluators of educational programs in drawing inferences about possible program results and in minimizing need for measurement in some areas. (LAS)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Needs, Medical Care Evaluation, Medical Education, Medicine, Nursing, Nursing Education, Professional Continuing Education, Program Evaluation, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Research Reviews (Publications)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Educational Research Association (New York City, April 4, 1977)