Certified Adult Educators´ Attitudes towards Continuing Education

EFTHYMIOS VALKANOS, STELLA GIOSSI, SOFIA ANASTASIADOU

Abstract


It is evident that nowadays continuing education is emerged as a necessity to educators of any kind and especially to those for adults. Educators have recognised the importance of continuing education and they really motivate and teach their students how to be engaged in continuing education programs. But are they really interested themselves to be involved in programs of continuing education? In order to answer this question, we have decided to investigate attitudes of certified adult educators toward continuing education. The purpose of this study is to identify attitudes of the 220 certified educators of Vocational Training Centres (K.E.K.) in the prefecture of Thessaloniki and their approach to different learning styles and their general interest towards continuing education. More specifically, in the present research Confirmatory factor analysis was applied aiming mainly at the construction of a model that estimate educators’ opinions in regard to continuing education and its elements. The structural model that resulted from the analysis of data confirms the existence of five factors relative to value of: continuing education, certification of adult educators, use of different teaching methods, learner’s personal satisfaction and finally, attendance in adult education programs.

 

Key words:  continuing education, adult educator, attitudes, professional development


Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/res.v2n1p61

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Review of European Studies   ISSN 1918-7173 (Print)   ISSN 1918-7181 (Online)

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