ERIC Number: ED402061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Self-Discovery and Professional Development.
This paper explores the role of self discovery in the early stages of caregiver professional development, with a focus on the array of choices available to university students. The assumption is that many people do not know their repertoire of skills until asked to complete a project requiring those skills; thus, "the heart of becoming a professional involves gestation of self-development as an adult." It is necessary that students be given a wide variety and levels of information so they can recognize where their own inner linkages seem to connect with various professions. Until students identify their professional choices, they are not comfortable or confident in planning their academic programs. Students should continue the search for professional development because it: (1) promotes exploration; (2) stimulates creativity; (3) promote self-awareness; (4) energizes activity; (5) increases self-testing; (6) creates open-mindedness; (7) affects positive mental health; (8) sharpens decision-making; and (9) increases self-respect and self-confidence. Professional development can begin at any age and should begin when the individual senses that it is the right time. (KDFB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (Dallas, TX, November 22, 1996).