ERIC Number: ED241097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
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Professional Continuing Education: Participatory Characteristics of Allied Health Practitioners.
Turgeon, Mary L.
In late 1983, a study was conducted to examine the continuing education participation and related characteristics of medical technology practitioners in the service area of Corning Community College (CCC). Survey forms were distributed by hospital laboratory managers to all levels of medical technology practitioners in seven local hospitals catergorized by size and location. Study findings, based on responses from 71% of those surveyed, included the following: (1) respondents in all hospitals, with the exception of a university-town medical center, were concentrated in the 31-40 year age category; (2) the larger hospitals had a preponderance of respondents with Bachelor's and Master's degrees, while the rural hospitals had a predominance of Associate degree graduates; (3) journal reading was cited as the most frequent source of new professional knowledge; (4) all of the respondent groups felt that there were too few opportunities for continuing education, though the actual participation rate averaged 76% for the entire sample; (5) all respondent groups chose "wanting to be better at my present job" as their strongest reason for personnally participating in continuing education, followed by possible job advancement and salary increase; and (6) respondents over 40 demonstrated the highest participation rate of any age group. The study report includes a discussion of the implications of the findings for CCC program development, a literature review, and the survey instrument. (HB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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