ERIC Number: ED248785
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Continuing Education for Professionals: A Practice-Oriented Approach.
Toombs, William; Lindsay, Carl A.
The Continuing Professional Education Project at The Pennsylvania State University is described. Five professions were involved: architecture, accounting, clinical psychology, clinical dietetics, and nursing. The objectives were: (1) to bring the university and the professions into collaboration, (2) to focus continuing education activities as closely as possible to the needs of the profession at the point of practice, and (3) to develop the basis for a long-term association by institutionalizing the professional development process in both the university and the respective professional associations. Preliminary findings concerning the practice situations, the profession in general, and project activities are presented. Commonalities among the professions included: the essential paradigm of professional practice is one of problem-solving; professionals have difficulty in achieving a global or holistic view of their activities; performance is judged within the profession by a standard of competence and scale of excellence; the profession team design, with its emphasis on the consensual process of decision-making and collegial relationship, is an effective vehicle for collaboration; and new strategies are emerging for the definition, format, and pricing of continuing professional education programs. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Center for the Study of Higher Education.