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ERIC Number: ED149215
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug-28
Pages: 9
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Evaluation Issues in Continuing Education.
Pearlman, Samuel
Once licensed by government, the professional individual assumes the obligation to provide service in his area of training to the general public. The grant of a license for such service must be considered to be a privilege rather than a right, need not be for the professional's lifetime, and can be conditioned (as it always has been) by legislative action. Mandated continuing education, as a partial effort to insure competency in professional service, clearly falls within the scope of this public-welfare concept. Some part of the current burgeoning movement for compulsory continuing education stems from the "consumerism" trends of our society; at the same time, this movement has been enhanced by a seepage of public faith and trust in the capability of the current licensure system and of professional organizations to produce or maintain competencies in professional service. What is therefore involved for government and the professions in these circumstances is a careful regulation of continuing-education procedures, which will hopefully provide evidence of effectiveness over a period of years, and avoid the risks of meaningless and deceitful educational efforts. (Author)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (San Francisco, California, August 26-30, 1977). Best Copy Available