ERIC Number: ED380574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Nourishing Professional Practice: Continuing Education in Dietetics.
Kinneer, James W.
The literature on continuing education (CE) in dietetics was reviewed. The review focused on the following: motivators and barriers for participation in continuing dietetic education, formats for CE in dietetics, and approaches to assessing learner needs. The role of professional associations, the existence of voluntary credentialing programs, the rapid pace of change in the field, and the need to maintain practitioner competence were identified as the major motivators of continuing dietetic education. Among the barriers to participation identified were cost, time, travel, and work responsibilities. Workshops, seminars, and self-study were determined to be the major formats for continuing dietetic education at the present time. In one study, more than half of all registered dietitians and dietetic technicians surveyed reported using self-study materials for CE. Most CE programs, workshops, and meetings were conducted under the auspices of a sponsoring professional organization. Workshop topics and methods were generally geared toward the practice of the profession. A variety of approaches were used to assess learners' needs, including surveys, and focus groups. It was recommended that the practice audit model of assessing learner needs be used more and that research into the individual learning projects and practices of dietetic practitioners be conducted. (Contains 14 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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