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ERIC Number: EJ1082194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0737-7363
Professional Development of Continuing Higher Education Unit Leaders: A Need for a Competency-Based Approach
Bacheler, Margaret
Journal of Continuing Higher Education, v63 n3 p152-164 2015
The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of professional development experiences on the career competencies of continuing higher education unit leaders (CHEULs). In the American system of higher education, a CHEUL manages an administrative unit that offers educational programs to adult learners (Cranton, 1996). To face the challenges brought forth by disruptive innovation (Christensen, 1997), CHEULs need to improve their career competencies in order to perform successfully in their professional role. Participation in professional development experiences is a common way to develop these career competencies. This qualitative study examined the professional development experiences of 10 CHEULs to analyze their effectiveness in building career competencies. Utilizing the portraiture method (Lawrence-Lightfoot & Davis, 1997), six themes emerged from the study: Diversity of Career Journeys, Factors Influencing Participation in Professional Development Experiences, Reasons for Participation in Professional Development Experiences, Types of Professional Development Experiences, Gaps in Professional Development Experiences, and Strengths in Professional Development Experiences. Discussion and analysis of these six themes form the groundwork for a proposed competency-based professional development model to guide the future professional development experiences of CHEULs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education
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Language: English
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