ERIC Number: ED435351
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Higher Education Trends (1997-1999): Professional Development. ERIC-HE Trends.
Kezar, Adrianna J.
The literature on professional development covers five major trends: (1) faculty development; (2) professional development for change in a profession or field; (3) mentoring; (4) professional standards for administrators; and (5) staff development, with almost all of the literature focusing on best practices rather than research. Much of the literature on faculty development complements that on changing faculty roles. A growing trend in the literature focuses on the ways in which colleges and universities shape fields of practice. More research is needed, however, on how successful these efforts are in modifying fields of practice and on the most useful strategies. Much of the research on mentoring focuses on initiating mentoring programs for new faculty, although some also addresses mentoring among administrators. Research continues to show positive relationships between mentoring and professional outcomes, but more research is needed on how mentoring can be used to initiate change. Several professional groups in higher education are currently developing and revising standards related to professional development programs. The College and University Personnel Association (CUPA) Journal continues to be one of the best sources for literature on professional and staff development. (Contains 14 references.) (JM)
Descriptors: Career Change, College Administration, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Literature Reviews, Mentors, Staff Development
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Graduate School of Education and Human Development.