The study sought to appraise and analyze the continuing insurance education activity in Puerto Rico and to develop a functional model unit. The study consisted of 195 insurance licensees, 16 instructors, 5 sponsors, and 5 unidentified respondents. The research instrument developed for this study was Continuing Insurance Education Program: Judgment of Participants, Instructors, and Sponsor Coordinators. The findings were: (1) Philosophical and curricular aspects. It was found that the goals, purposes, and objectives outlined in the statements were well accepted by respondents who agreed that they are achieved in the majority of courses/seminars. For relevance the groups agreed that the information provided in the courses/seminars was up to date and practical. However, a need to clarify the level of difficulty was stated. The respondents indicated disagreement with respect to curriculum sequence. (2) Curricular planning. The combined groups indicated borderline agreement with the statements of this area. There was indication of needed prerequisite knowledge, theory and practice balance, and incorporation of macro-environmental factors in curriculum planning. (3) Teaching and methodology. Participants had favorable opinions toward instructors' teaching skills, organization, and their mastery of the content taught. (4) Administrative procedures. The groups concluded that there is a need for service improvement. Some of the major recommendations from this study included to: (1) Base curricular design and implementation over solid philosophical and theoretical foundations. (2) Increase curricular relevance. (3) Design a flexible and sequential curricular plan. (4) Include economic and social factors in planning. (5) Develop methodological planning to increase thinking and analysis. (6) Provide academic orientation and administrative services for students and for instructors.
Moran, Maria del Carmen, "Continuing education" (1989). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI8918453.