ERIC Number: ED278771
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct
Reference Count: 0
What Can Adult Educators Do To Facilitate Learners' Compliance with Professional Continuing Education Requirements?
Jahns, Irwin; And Others
The study described in this paper is the result of a review of research projects investigating mandatory continuing education (MCE) in Florida. These studies investigated the field of nursing, only one of more than 20 professional groups for which continuing education is mandated. The study found that MCE appears to have some positive features as well as negative ones. MCE has enhanced rather than hindered the provision of opportunities for nurses' professional growth and development. It has created broader opportunities from which individuals can choose and it has encouraged employers and other interested parties to engage in the provision of continuing education. However, the MCE system is not yet perfectly developed, and professional adult educators seem to have only nominal interest in qualitatively affecting the system through their direct contributions. Adult educators could be instrumental in affecting administrative procedures and the criteria for approving, monitoring, and evaluating provider and target population activities. The paper concludes that facilitating learner compliance with MCE demands attention to influences on the learner. These influences include the following: (1) mandated requirements; (2) individual desire for professional growth and development; and (3) personal characteristics such as self-confidence, need fulfillment, and ambition. Success will depend not only on working with the learners, but also with the systems that establish criteria for quality MCE programs and the providers who design and deliver those programs. Adult educators must expand their focus to include the role and responsibilities of employers in the provision of MCE. (KC)
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 Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Hollywood, FL, October 22-29, 1986).