ERIC Number: ED047199
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Field Education Experiences as an Element in Theological Seminary Preparation for the Parish Ministry as Perceived by Parish Ministers.
Snider, Kenneth Lavern
The goal of the study was to evaluate the contribution of field education to the competence of the parish minister. Questionnaires were sent to a sample of 471 1964 graduates of 86 Protestant theological seminaries asking for information about their present position, their experience in field education while in seminary, and their judgment of its value. Only 249 of the respondents-75%- were included in the analysis. The findings of the study indicated that most theological seminary students participated in the field education programs either as a requirement or as an elective, and that they perceived field education to be an important part of their preparation. The provision of stimulation and opportunity for creative thinking in real life situations, and of meaning and relevance for classroom learning, and the development of direction for the ministry, were ranked as the most important objectives. The provision of income for student needs was perceived as an unworthy objective for the field education. It was recommended that field education should be required of all seminarians. (Author/PT)
Descriptors: Church Related Colleges, Clergy, Doctoral Dissertations, Field Experience Programs, Individual Development, Professional Education, Program Evaluation, Protestants, Questionnaires, Statistical Analysis, Surveys
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing.
Note: Ph.D. Thesis