ERIC Number: ED260201
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-4
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison between Mandatory and Voluntary Continuing Education on Professional Performance.
The mail survey research method was used to determine the comparative impact of mandatory and voluntary continuing education systems for relicensure on the performance of health care professionals. Of 1,901 questionnaires mailed to dental hygienists in Wisconsin and Minnesota, 63 percent (1,201) were returned. Supervising dentists and dental hygiene patients also participated. Several types of evaluative dimensions were used to assess the practitioner's performance in each system: satisfaction with the quality of care, cognitive achievement, general performance, technical competence, and interpersonal behavior. Performance ratings were submitted by the health care providers themselves, their supervisors, and the recipients of care. Analysis of the resulting data demonstrated no practical significant difference in performance between the study populations practicing under mandatory and voluntary continuing education systems. Overall, professional performance and the quality of care provided were reported to be highly satisfactory. Of their own accord, most of the responding practitioners had a propensity toward lifelong learning. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Fund for Dental Health.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (69th, Chicago, IL, April 4, 1985).