ERIC Number: ED108072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jul-31
Reference Count: N/A
Validation and Use of Communication Tasks in Counselor Education. Final Report.
Kansas Univ., Lawrence.
The purpose of this study was to provide information regarding the reliability and validity of two simulated behavioral (communication) tasks specifically designed for counseling students. Two structured tasks were constructed, each representing typical problems and issues with which counselors are confronted. The experimental group consisted of 26 practicum students while the control group consisted of 15 volunteers. The two communication tasks were administered to all subjects twice, once at the beginning and once at the end of the semester. For the experimental group, one pre- and one post-counseling tape were rated with the accurate empathy scale. This group was also rated as to counseling performance with the Supervisory Rating Scale. The results indicated that the inter-rater reliability of both communications tasks were quite high, suggesting that consistent, independent ratings can be obtained with the rating scale. The construct validity of adaptability was not established, as it did not strongly relate to a similar construct of empathy nor was it predictive of measures of counseling skill. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence.