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ERIC Number: EJ854087
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1932-5037
An Assessment of Health Education Responsibilities and Competencies Addressed in Continuing Education Contact Hour Articles
Clark, Jeffrey K.; Ogletree, Roberta J.; McKenzie, James F.; Dennis, Dixie; Chamness, Brenda E.
American Journal of Health Education, v33 n4 p234-239 Jul-Aug 2002
For more than a decade the health education profession has used the seven responsibilities, outlined from the 1978-1988 Role Delineation Project, as the foundation for credentialing, curricular structure in professional preparation programs, and continuing education. The purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which the seven responsibilities and corresponding competencies were addressed in continuing education articles found in the professional literature. The method included using the Health Competency Assessment form to code responsibilities and competencies found in all continuing education articles (n=148) published between 1997 and 2000. The census of articles was found in four peer-reviewed journals and on web sites that published such articles for Certified Health Education Specialists. All articles offered for continuing education contact hours were selected and divided equally among the five researchers to read and evaluate (interrater reliability Pi=0.76 - 0.87). Results were tabulated and analyzed using descriptive statistics. The results indicated that the responsibilities are not addressed uniformly in the continuing education articles. Responsibilities I (assessing needs) and IV (evaluating programs) were most frequently addressed. Responsibility VI (acting as a resource person) was addressed in the literature the least often. As a result of this study it can be concluded that competencies are not addressed uniformly in continuing education articles. Based on the study's findings it is suggested that editorial boards of professional journals may want to clarify the role of their respective journals in continued professional development of their readers. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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