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Educating Professionals: Responding to New Expectations for Competence and Accountabilityby Lynn Curry
Synopses & Reviews
This in-depth examination of how to educate professionals for the future identifies the social and political forces that will affect the roles of professionals and change the definitions of professional skill. It shows how educating professionals for the twenty-first century will ultimately require stronger bonds between educational systems and our systems of practice--including more accurate measures of competence and a more integrated system of continuing professional education.
Today's relentless economic, cultural, and technological changes threaten to make curricula in professional schools obsolete before students complete their programs. How can professional education adapt and keep pace with changing expectations? What should be the priorities for change in professional education as we move into the next century? Educating Professionals is a comprehensive examination of how to educate professionals for practice in the twenty-first century - and how that education needs to be different from the way it is today. In thirteen original chapters, the authors identify the social and political forces that will affect the roles of professionals and change the definitions of professional skill. They explain how professional schools can meet the changing requirements of practice. And they show how educating professionals for the future will ultimately require stronger bonds between educational systems and our systems of practice - including more accurate measures of competence, a more integrated system of continuing professional education, and a broader view of faculty scholarship. The authors show, for example, how liberal learning - traditionally thought to be solely a concern of undergraduate curricula - is critical to effective professional education and describe how liberal learning goals can be adapted for and assessed in specific professional curricula. They describe how the subject of professional ethics can indeed be taught and learned, and provide specific practical advice on the critical task of teaching problem solving. And they offer a range of key principles and strategies for supporting fundamental change in professional education.
About the Author
LYNN CURRY is principal and founder of Curry Adams & Associates, Inc. She has worked with educators, regulators, and associations of a range of professions, including medicine, nursing, law, social work, and rehabilitation therapies.
JON F. WERGIN is professor of education at Virginia Commonwealth University. From 1989 to 1991 he was vice-president for Division I, Education in the Professions of the American Educational Research Association.
Table of Contents
Part One: TrAnds and Forces Reshaping Professional Practice.
Part Two: Meeting New Requirements Through Professional Education.
Part Three: Professional Education and Practice in Lifelong Partnership.
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