ERIC Number: ED297092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Developing a Needs Assessment Plan in Continuing Professional Education.
Klevans, Deborah R.
This document provides an overview of the needs assessment literature related to continuing professional education and guidelines for designing needs assessment procedures for a given project or professional group. Section 1 reviews the literature. It considers key concepts and definitions, reviews factors that may influence the development of a particular needs assessment process, and discusses arguments for focusing on performance outcomes. Section 2 reviews general methodological and procedural issues that should be weighed in designing a needs assessment. Among them are levels of assessment appropriate for long- and short-range planning, factors to consider in choosing specific needs assessment instruments, and procedures useful in determining priorities among needs. Section 3 highlights key points and recommends directions they suggest for designing needs assessment procedures and directions for future research and development. The appendix is designed as a reference guide for needs assessment planning. An outline of steps to develop an orderly needs assessment plan is presented, and specific needs assessment procedures are summarized in several ways. First, procedures are grouped by the sources from which they obtain information. Next, various other ways by which to characterize needs assessment procedures are listed. The section concludes with brief outlines of assessment procedures that may be useful in planning continuing professional education and a bibliography of 46 references. (YLB)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Educational Planning, Guidelines, Higher Education, Literature Reviews, Needs Assessment, Professional Continuing Education, Program Development, Self Evaluation (Groups)
Commonwealth Educational System Stores, 9 J. Orvis Keller Bldg., Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 ($7.00 including postage and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Office of Continuing Professional Education.