Safety educators and practitioners identify competencies for a doctoral degree in occupational safety: An application of the Delphi technique
William Thomas DeLeo, North Carolina State University, United States
North Carolina State University . Awarded
The review of the literature and personal communications with safety educators and practitioners confirmed the overwhelming need for this online four round Delphi study. A secured web site was used to initially qualify the participating experts and gather all data for each round of the study. Sixteen (16) individuals who qualified as Experts in this study were Safety Educators and Practitioners recommended by the Professional Education and Standards Council of the American Society of Safety Engineers. Pilot-testing web pages prior to each round and confirming the results, was accomplished by a Review Panel consisting of Associate Professors in Industrial Technology and Bio-statistics and a Safety Manager from ECU.
Round One—an email to the Expert Panel with a link to the web site requested each one submit a list of competencies for the doctoral program In two weeks, each member of the two groups of experts submitted a total of 131 competencies. The Review Panel screened the list far duplications and paired the list down to 58 competencies for rating in the next round.
Round Two—the list of 58 competencies was then posted on the web site and rated on the Likert scale from highest to lowest according to their importance. Thirty (30) competencies, those that rated important and Very Important from this round's results, were placed into three categories consistent with the exit outcomes of a Master's in Safety program according to the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
Round Three—the three categories of competencies were posted on the web site and ranked by the Expert Panel from highest to lowest within each category.
Round Four—had the Expert Panel accept or reject each category's highest mean ranked competencies from the previous round and thereby affirm that consensus had been reached. The final list of fifteen (15) competencies for the Doctoral Degree Occupational Safety was posted on the researchers' web site for viewing by the panelists.
DeLeo, W.T. Safety educators and practitioners identify competencies for a doctoral degree in occupational safety: An application of the Delphi technique. Ph.D. thesis, North Carolina State University.
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