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ERIC Number: ED548422
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 250
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2674-2118-0
Understanding Entry-Level Student Affairs Practitioners' Perceptions of and Involvement in Professional Development in the Student Affairs Field
Stafford, John D.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Widener University
The purpose of this study was to investigate entry-level student affairs practitioners' perceptions of professional development and their involvement in individualized professional development opportunities within the student affairs field. The literature review explored the founding of student affairs, a historical review of student affairs, development of professional competency standards, professional development within student affairs, and professional development programs for entry-level staff. The research questions explored, what are entry-level, student affairs practitioners' perceptions of professional development in student affairs and in what ways are entry-level, student affairs practitioners involved in professional development opportunities? The researcher conducted a study utilizing a naturalistic inquiry through triangulation of data and methods to discover important patterns and themes of how entry-level student affairs practitioners perceived and are involved in professional development. The study was conducted through two steps (a) a research survey on professional development, and (b) electronic asynchronous focus groups. The target population was entry-level student affairs practitioners with no more than five years professional experience. The results indicated entry-level student affairs practitioners demonstrated (a) satisfaction with self-direction, overall experience, access to and desire to pursue professional development, (b) an understanding of the importance of support for and mentoring on professional development, (c) understanding future competency need and aspirant roles of entry-level staff, and (d) a need to learn more about the meaning of professional development and professional development plans. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education
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Language: English
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