ERIC Number: ED276893
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May
Reference Count: 0
The Role of University Continuing Educators in Providing Career Development Education to Adult Students.
Over the past two decades, a growing interest in career development has integrated findings from the fields of management theory, organizational development, adult learning, and developmental psychology to form a new framework for personnel development. This depends to a large extent upon viewing individuals as capable of tremendous growth and personal flexibility through continuous learning and challenge. The literature of staff development springs from the same theoretical bases and addresses the need for individuals and work groups to bring about renewal and enhanced effectiveness within the educational system. Many similarities of theory and practice occur in the fields of staff development and career development, suggesting that the terms are one, with applications in different arenas. University continuing educators should see the direct connection in the societal trend toward lifelong learning and increasing needs for career flexibility. Knowing how to accept personal responsibility in this dynamic environment is fast becoming a necessity, since job change every three and one-half years is the North American average. If university continuing educators accept a responsibility to equip adult students with basic life planning skills, there will be many other opportunities for new and innovative career programming for employees, practitioners, and managers in the field of career development. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Pacific Association for Continuing Education (Vancouver, British Columbia, May 15-17, 1986).