ERIC Number: ED257354
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Research Conferences, Professional Development, and the Graduate Student.
Davis, Stephen F.
Benefits of attending research conferences for the master's-level graduate student are described. The following goals and benefits cited by Carsrud et al. (1982) are applied to the graduate student: (1) incentive for students to undertake independent research, the results of which will be reported at a convention; (2) communication with others (faculty and students) about one's own research; (3) citing the conference presentation on student's vita; and (4) using the conference presentation experience to improve speaking skills. Based on undergraduate/graduate student conventions in Kansas over the past 4 years, information is provided on: the number of undergraduate and graduate student papers by research or nonresearch category, total number of student authors by category, and the total number of colleges and universities that have been represented each year. The data indicate that the total number of papers has grown steadily each year. Generally, the greatest growth appears to be in the graduate categories, especially in the area of graduate nonresearch papers. Only seven papers (6 percent) over the past 4 years have come from students attending large state universities. Some evidence suggests that the student-convention experience contributes to professional growth. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Canada, August 24-28, 1984).