ERIC Number: ED418996
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Involving Students in Action Research: A Team Report on Assessing Needs for Program Improvement.
McCarthy-Tucker, Sherri N.; Swanson, Paul; Lund, David
The Master's Program in Counseling and Human Relations at Northern Arizona University is a broad-based professional preparation degree that attracts students from a variety of areas, including nursing, social services, psychology, criminal justice, and education. The program provides advanced preparation in facilitation of learning, understanding human behavior, and interpersonal communication skills. It is delivered through statewide programs to a heterogeneous student population. Two graduate students recently conducted an evaluation of the program, gathering survey data across the state from students enrolled from fall 1993 through fall 1996. From a total population of 655 students, 264 responded. The survey asked about student employment experiences, attitudes toward the program, and suggestions for improvement. Students found the program convenient and relatively inexpensive. They thought that the program should offer: certification in social work; more options for fieldwork; and greater course selection. A survey of employers indicated that they thought the program did enhance employee skills in areas related to human relations and data analysis. One area of concern for the program as a whole is the under-representation of Mexican American and Native American students, and another is the differing course preferences of the various career groups in the program. Appendixes contain the sample survey, a map of program locations, the program of study, and the Pennsylvania Training Model. (Contains four tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Northern Arizona University; Student Engagement
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).