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ERIC Number: EJ929547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0145-935X
Youth Worker Professional Development Participation, Preferences, and Agency Support
Evans, William P.; Sicafuse, Lorie L.; Killian, Eric S.; Davidson, Laura A.; Loesch-Griffin, Deborah
Child & Youth Services, v31 n1-2 p35-52 2009
Using a Web-based survey, this study examined youth workers' professional development participation, preferences, and levels of agency support and the relationships between these variables and youth worker characteristics. Results revealed a positive relationship between participation in professional development opportunities and youth workers' self-reported job competency but also indicated low levels of agency support for participation in continuing education. Though perceptions of critical training topics varied among program staff from different geographic areas, most youth workers reported similar training experiences and interests regardless of their individual characteristics. Collaborative approaches to training and professional development may result in increased exposure to a broad range of professional development opportunities and significantly enhance the quality of youth programming. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A