ERIC Number: ED029260
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Dec
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The Integration of Training, Assessment and Research in a Peace Corps Training Project.
Fitzgerald, Edward T.
The purpose of this research project was to devise a method of personality assessment for Peace Corps trainees which would increase efficiency, decrease costs, include human relations training, and promote research. It was found that professional personality evaluators are prone to use a stereotype of the "Ideal Peace Corps Volunteer" which has no known basis in terms of cross cultural adjustment. Peace Corps trainees can provide reliable personality descriptions of each other; when these are gathered in a systematic, controlled manner, they can lead to an integration of assessment, training, and research. In this experiment, trainees evaluated themselves and each other on traits and skills deemed especially relevant by the assessment staff and staff members who had just had overseas experience (host country nationals, returned Peace Corps volunteers, and the project director). Assessment and human relations training was then integrated by means of the assessment staff's constructing and evaluating their particular assessment instruments, discussing the results of their assessment with each trainee, and initiating feedback. (se)
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Training, Evaluation Methods, Peer Relationship, Personality Assessment, Research, Volunteer Training
Hilo Center, University of Hawaii Peace Corps Training Program, Box 856, Hilo, Hawaii 96720 (Issued quarterly)
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Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Hilo. Peace Corps Training Program.