Analyzing the effectiveness of continuing professional education at the workplace

Ronald M. Cervero, Suzanne Rottet, Katherine H. Dimmock

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The purpose of the study was to conduct a second test of Cervero's framework that explains the relationship between continuing professional education and performance A six-week continuing nursing education program was evaluated using both qualitative and quantitative data. The four independent variables explained 36 percent of the variance (p =.002) in performance outcomes. The study provides evidence that the one-variable research model is inadequate for explaining the relationship between continuing education and performance. Unless researchers begin to address the complexity of this relationship, they will continue producing results that contribute negligibly to understanding how to plan programs that change performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-85
Number of pages8
JournalAdult Education Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1986
Externally publishedYes


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