Professionals as Lifelong Learners

Amy Avergun and Edward R. Del Gaizo

in The Oxford Handbook of Lifelong Learning

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780195390483
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Professionals as Lifelong Learners

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Learning for professionals is an ongoing process. They work in an era of changing laws and procedures that drive their need and desire to keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date. Lifelong learning can benefit professionals, the organizations in which they work, and the clients they serve. This chapter explores continuing education requirements to maintain licenses of certification, as well as the desire for lifelong learning among professionals from a variety of industries. Suggestions for developing and providing learning experiences are presented, as are various types of learning options. While it is evident that professionals need to continue their learning, they have mixed opinions about the ways in which required training is offered. Ideas for ways in which to improve the quality of lifelong learning are presented.

Keywords: application groups; coaching; continuing professional education; e-learning; ethics requirements; informal learning; leadership development; lifelong learning; mandatory continuing legal education; professional accreditation; recertification; training the

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Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Educational Psychology

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