ERIC Number: ED181202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov-7
Reference Count: 0
Professional and Occupational Practice Requirements: Some Implications for Continuing Higher Education.
Queeney, Donna S.; Manz, Karen P.
A study of the involvement of continuing higher education in professional and occupational regulation should focus on the growth of practice regulation, roles of higher education, and issues and areas for cooperation in meeting the practitioners' needs. Knowledge obsolescence and the definition of more specific fields have led to a heightened need for professional regulation. States mandate most practice requirements, but adoption of licensing examinations developed at the national level and common requirements for licensure ensure general uniformity. Continuing education is increasingly considered useful in accomplishing such professional goals as (1) maintaining competency, (2) preparing for credentialing examinations, (3) qualifying for initial licensure or certification, (4) updating those practice areas, (6) enhancing job security and advancement, (7) supplying information in other areas relevant to practice, and (8) serving as a forum for professional exchange. Cooperation with other organizations and individuals is essential for developing and implementing continuing professional education. Professional organizations and practitioners can help identify problems and educational needs. Licensing boards and certifying agencies should receive input concerning new knowledge from institutions of higher education whose varying strengths and limitations in resources require cooperation in program development. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Certification, Competence, Cooperation, Credentials, Educational Needs, Higher Education, Institutional Cooperation, Institutional Role, Legislation, Professional Associations, Professional Continuing Education, Professional Development, Professional Occupations, Qualifications, Refresher Courses, Retraining, Skill Obsolescence, Speeches, Standards, State Licensing Boards, State Standards
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Adult Education Conference (Boston, Massachusetts, November 7, 1979)