ERIC Number: ED223710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Needs Assessment: A Critical Component in Professional Development Planning and Programming.
Hall, Charles W. L.
The purpose of this investigation (special field project) was to seek out theoretical and research-proven foundations pertaining to needs assessment activities and their potential impact upon the development and implementation of a Division of Student Affairs Professional Development Program. It was discovered that the activity is highly fragmented and lacking, both in published professional literature and traditional research to substantiate its utility. Fragmentation has generated a variety of needs assessment models, management strategies, and procedural techniques with highly specialized instrumentation. The needs assessment process includes: (1) idea conception (the needs assessment model), (2) procedural tasks (the management strategy) (3) ways and means of acquiring data (the specific or combined techniques), (4) data collection of needs (the specific instrument), and (5) implementation of the idea (decision, analysis, and dissemination). The key to a valid needs assessment lies within selecting and integrating those components which work harmoniously together to capture critical needs. The success of any well-orchestrated needs assessment depends upon the effectiveness and efficiency of the implemented professional development program to satisfy those individually identified needs and wants of the targeted population. The appendix contains the developed needs assessment instrument. (Author/PN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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