ERIC Number: ED276379
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Departments and Professions: Institutionalizing Continuing Professional Education.
Toombs, William; Lindsay, Carl A.
The value of developing continuing professional education (CPE) programs at the department or program level was assessed at Pennsylvania State University. Four issues were explored: (1) the relationships between departments and traditional and emerging professions; (2) the degree of correspondence between the values and behaviors of department heads and faculty, especially on behaviors associated with CPE; (3) the appropriate locus of responsibility required by CPE; and (4) types of decisions made at the department level and how CPE may best be introduced. Information was collected from 33 departments, divisions, or sections through a background summary, pre-interview survey, and interview with the department head. It was found that departments are generally experienced with the kinds of activities required by a CPE program for professionals. The most usual avenue of departmental involvement with the profession was continuing education programs. Another valuable link with professions was through memberships in associations that includes practitioners. Both faculty and department heads thought that relationships with practitioners in research, scholarship, and publication were important. External public actions, such as recertification requirements, mandatory CPE, or sanctions were seen as the strongest stimulus for university involvement in CPE. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, College Faculty, Decision Making, Department Heads, Departments, Education Work Relationship, Higher Education, Interprofessional Relationship, Needs Assessment, Professional Associations, Professional Continuing Education, Program Administration, School Business Relationship, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).