ERIC Number: ED225079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
Out of the Ivory Tower: Undergraduate Internships in Psychology.
Greenwood, John C.
Recent changes in the curriculum of undergraduate psychology have provided greater opportunities for experiential training to augment prior emphases on didactic concept training. A national survey of larger public and private undergraduate psychology programs was conducted to determine the status of non-classroom experiential learning. These data support the conclusion that such learning opportunities were widely accepted as useful, but highly variable and problematical in their implementation. The mission of internships was perceived as a collateral tool for coursework to prepare students for graduate work rather than as a tool for the terminal B.A. student. The findings suggest that faculty should respect student goals and labor market realities and prepare their students to be like themselves in academic preparation, humanistic orientation, and respect for knowledge, but not necessarily in terms of career role. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (54th, Minneapolis, MN, May 6-8, 1982).