ERIC Number: EJ697203
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Factors Associated with the Effectiveness of Continuing Education in Long-Term Care
Stolee, Paul; Esbaugh, Jacquelin; Aylward, Sandra; Cathers, Tamzin; Harvey, David P.; Hillier, Loretta M.; Keat, Nancy; Feightner, John W.
Gerontologist, v45 n3 p399 Jun 2005
Purpose: This article examines factors within the long-term-care work environment that impact the effectiveness of continuing education. Design & Methods: In Study 1, focus group interviews were conducted with staff and management from urban and rural long-term-care facilities in southwestern Ontario to identify their perceptions of the workplace factors that affect transfer of learning into practice. Thirty-five people were interviewed across six focus groups. In Study 2, a Delphi technique was used to refine our list of factors. Consensus was achieved in two survey rounds involving 30 and 27 participants, respectively. Results: Management support was identified as the most important factor impacting the effectiveness of continuing education. Other factors included resources (staff, funding, space) and the need for ongoing expert support. Implications: Organizational support is necessary for continuing education programs to be effective and ongoing expert support is needed to enable and reinforce learning.
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Work Environment, Nursing Homes, Continuing Education, Attitude Measures, Health Services, Health Personnel, Administrator Behavior
Gerontological Society of America, 1030 15th Street, NW, Suite 250, Washington, DC 20005-1503. Web site: http://www.gerontologyjournals.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Canada