Evaluator Competencies for Professional Development

Evaluator Competencies for Professional Development

Evaluator Competencies For Professional Self Assessment

These webpages are designed to help you plan your continuing professional development in visitor studies. They were created to facilitate life-long learning for all visitor studies professionals by providing suggestions for learning activities in five competencies.

In addition to the competencies, there is a self-assessment rubric, as well as a list or resources and a glossary. Recognizing that visitor studies is a diverse field and that much of continuing professional development is meshed with demanding professional and personal schedules, the suggestions incorporate a broad range of learning activities. Since individuals are attracted to the field of visitor studies from a variety of backgrounds, these guidelines are to aid in the identification of transferable skills and knowledge from previous experiences as well are areas that are considered specific to the field of visitor studies.

The Visitor Studies Association (VSA) currently offers resources, training, etc. designed to help professionals build skills. From the very outset, VSA has had professional development as a core value. And over the years VSA has observed interest in its programs increase; most specifically in the various professional development components (workshops and other forms of training) of the VSA annual meetings. With the support of a planning grant from the Informal Science Education Program of the National Science Foundation, VSA developed these guidelines for a self-study and professional development in visitor studies.




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