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Mandatory Continuing Education [microform] / Sandra Kerka
Bib ID 5575990
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Kerka, Sandra
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1994 
4 p. 
Series

ERIC Digest ; No. 151.

Summary

The chief arguments against mandatory continuing education for professionals (MCE) are as follows: it violates adult learning principles, MCE is punitive to those who participate voluntarily; evidence that it results in improved practice is lacking; programs are not consistently and uniformly available; and professionals should be accountable for effective performance, not participation. Proponents support MCE for a number of reasons: expecting voluntary participation is unrealistic, evidence suggests well-designed programs can influence effective practice, MCE provides equal access to a range of opportunities, and mandates are necessary to protect the public. Some feel the focus should be on improving content and delivery and consider competency-based standards the solution. Such standards are controversial because a mechanical approach that breaks down professional performance into discrete tasks or skills ignores higher-level aspects. Another flaw is the assumption that performance is individual, disregarding its context. An alternative to debating the mandatory issue or appropriateness of competency standards is to improve continuing professional education. It should be accessible, affordable, and of high standards; relevant to individual learning needs, applicable to practice, and designed for different learning styles; viewed as part of the lifelong learning continuum; link practitioner competence to the ideals of public service and accountability; and consider the professional as an adult learner. Contains 9 references. (YLB)

Notes

Sponsoring Agency: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.

Contract Number: RR93002001.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Accountability.  |  Adult Education.  |  Competency Based Education.  |  Job Performance.  |  Lifelong Learning.  |  Mandatory Continuing Education.  |  Professional Continuing Education.  |  Professional Development.  |  Standards.  |  ERIC Digests
Form/genre ERIC Publications.  |  ERIC Digests in Full Text.
Other authors/contributors ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education
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