Continuing Education in Audiology What Do We Want? Perspective
Perspective  |   June 01, 1999
Continuing Education in Audiology
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Karen S. Helfer
    University of Massachusetts, Department of Communication Disorders, 7 Arnold House, Amherst, MA 01003-0410
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Professional Issues & Training / Perspectives
Perspective   |   June 01, 1999
Continuing Education in Audiology
American Journal of Audiology, June 1999, Vol. 8, 6-12. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(1999/009)
History: Received December 14, 1998 , Accepted March 9, 1999
 
American Journal of Audiology, June 1999, Vol. 8, 6-12. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(1999/009)
History: Received December 14, 1998; Accepted March 9, 1999

A sample of audiologists practicing in the New England states was surveyed about topics of interest for continuing education, desire to obtain a professional doctoral degree, and preferred learning modes for completing continuing education activities and doctoral education. Two hundred sixty-eight completed surveys were returned. Respondents indicated interest in a wide range of continuing education topics, with the greatest amount of interest in areas related to technology. The majority of respondents preferred to complete continuing education activities via traditional, face-to-face programming, whereas most respondents indicated interest in using both traditional and distance-learning methods to upgrade to a professional doctoral degree. Results of the survey also showed that a large proportion of audiologists are undecided about their desire to obtain a professional doctoral degree.

Acknowledgments
I thank Sarah Keeshan for her help with this project. This survey was funded by an Innovative Distance and Education Access Leadership Project, awarded to the University of Massachusetts by the United States Department of Agriculture. Portions of this survey were presented at the American Academy of Audiology national convention, Miami Beach, May 1999.
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