Professional Preparation: Matching Competency Acquisition with Appropriate Educational Experiences

Authors

  • Susan A McGhee

Keywords:

Professional Preparation, Therapeutic Recreation Competencies, Curriculum Development, Experiential Education, Continuing Professional Education

Abstract

Therapeutic recreation professionals were surveyed to determine which educational experiences were most appropriate for acquiring specified therapeutic recreation competencies. The views of therapeutic recreation educator/researchers, administrator/directors and practitioner/leaders were examined regarding the appropriateness of various educational experiences for acquiring specified competencies at the knowledge and application levels ofmastery. Respondents reviewed each competency and identified the most appropriate educational experience for acquiring each competency at each level of mastery. The responses indicated an emphasis on formal education experiences atthe knowledge level and on internship and job experience/in-service training experiences at the application level. Significant differences were found between the educator/researcher, administrator/director and practitioner/leader groups regarding the most ppropriate educational experiences for acquiring the specified competencies.

Published

1987-10-01

Issue

Section

Regular Papers