ERIC Number: ED224412
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
A National Survey of Undergraduate Practicum Programs.
Undergraduate practicum programs at 291 departments of psychology were surveyed using a 37-item questionnaire and information obtained from the 1970 census and the American Psychological Association's "Graduate Study in Psychology" (1981). Sixty-five of the departments claimed to have a practicum program. Departments offering the Ph.D. were significantly less likely to have a practicum program than departments offering only bachelor's or master's degrees, and departments at small schools were more likely to offer a practicum. In addition, schools in the South were less likely to offer practicums. More than 80 percent of the departments started their practicum programs in 1970 or later, and 38 percent started since 1975. About one-third to one-half of the departments having a practicum program used one department member, and most utilized three or fewer members. Both career development and a more liberal arts orientation of seeing in action the theoretical material of courses were cited as important purposes of the practicum. Students generally must complete course prerequisites, interviews, and other selection procedures before being accepted to practicum programs. About 3 hours of work per week at an agency were required of students for each 1 hour of credit. About one-half of departments required some form of regular classroom meetings. Grades were typically based on a combination of supervisor ratings, daily journals, papers, on-site visits, and seminar participation. The most common problems were lack of local administrative support and poor supervision at the agency level. Variety in the practicum programs and little consistency in departmental management or quality control were found. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Washington, DC, August 1982).