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Title:Grandfathering into professional certification from the perspective of members of the American Home Economics Association
Author(s):Grogan, Soneeta Louise
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Farmer, James A.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Home Economics
Education, Adult and Continuing
Abstract:Because organizations are increasingly using professional certification as a form of regulation, they need to know whether or not to include a grandfather clause to accommodate experienced professionals. The purpose of this exploratory study was to contribute to the knowledge regarding what individual professionals experienced from grandfathering into professional certification.
A questionnaire was developed and mailed to members of the American Home Economics Association (Illinois affiliate members). Usable questionnaires were received from 462 certified members and 183 non-certified members. Questions focused on experiences just before announcement of the certification program (Time 1) and at the time the questionnaire was completed (Time 2).
The main research question was: What is the relationship at Time 1 and Time 2 between the variables: (a) perceived functionality of role behavior, satisfaction from being a home economist, job status, self-esteem as a professional, and commitment to the home economics profession; (b) the certification status of home economists; and (c) other variables of the study. Other variables included: motives for becoming or not becoming certified, learning activities in which respondents engaged for professional development before Time 1, and positive and negative consequences experienced as a result of becoming or not becoming certified.
The main findings included: (a) At Time 1, the non-certified group was high and the certified group was low on satisfaction from being a home economist, job status, and self-esteem as a professional. (b) At Time 2, the non-certified group was low and the certified group was high on commitment to the home economics profession. (c) Before Time 1, for professional development, the certified group tended to participate in teacher-directed group learning and continuing learning with home economics subject matter as the primary content. At Time 1, the non-certified group tended not to participate in these activities for professional development.
Finally, specific conclusions, implications, and recommendations were discussed. They included: implications of permitting individuals to grandfather into professional certification, recommendations regarding which purposes for professional certification to advertise if grandfathering is permitted, and recommendations regarding use of professional certification as a qualification for employment.
Issue Date:1990
Rights Information:Copyright 1990 Grogan, Soneeta Louise
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9026196
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9026196

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