ERIC Number: ED199612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Sensitizing Undergraduates to Potential Inaccuracies in Projective Test Interpretation.
Barret, Robert L.; Wachowiak, Dale G.
This paper describes a methodology developed to provide undergraduate students with direct experience in the process of impressionistic test interpretation. In the experiential exercise, students were shown Thematic Apperception Test cards and then read the responses given by an anonymous client. A discussion of the process by which the students generated and refined hypotheses relative to the personality of the client is followed by a sampling of student responses to the revelation that the teaching assistant was the personality analyzed. The sensitization process which followed this experience and enabled the students to recognize their tendency to look only for negative aspects of personality is reviewed. Impressions of the teaching assistant and the student are also given. Recommendations are presented for those wishing to employ this teaching method, including a discussion of desirable characteristics of the anonymous client and the methodology that communicates the risks involved when a psychologist attempts to understand an individual from projective productions. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Thematic Apperception Test
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).