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ERIC Number: ED171788
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Issues in the Assessment of Continuing Professional Competence.
McGuire, Christine
Methods of assessing professional competence involve both licensing procedures, as well as assessment based on satisfactory performance of tasks associated with a professional's duties. Relicensing and/or mandated continuing education courses should not be used to ascertain professional competence in place of a demonstration of acquired skills because continuing education programs are not necessarily quality controlled; may not be appropriate measures of performance; and do not take into account such factors as situational constraints and pressures. Job performance should be adequately sampled in natural situations or in carefully structured simulations. Questions raised by determining competence via performance are: (1) what professions and what individuals within each profession should be assessed and how often?; (2) what is the most effective cycle for reassessment?; (3) what range or types of competencies should be evaluated?; (4) what evaluation techniques are available?; (5) what criteria should be used in judging performance?; and (6) how should standards for continued licensure or certification be set? (MH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (63rd, San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)