ERIC Number: ED263476
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Practical and Ethical Aspects of Field Research.
Werner, Carol M.
The increased movement of psychologists away from academic settings requires the integration of socially relevant activities into psychology graduate programs. It is important for students in practicum programs to get access to applied opportunities and to function ethically in those opportunities. Getting access has been achieved in several ways. Most graduate programs with practicum opportunities depend on a network of psychologists in the community to provide access and supervision. It is valuable for graduate programs to maintain a network of nonacademic psychologists who are qualified and willing to supervise graduate student practice in various work settings. Functioning ethically is somewhat more complicated. Psychologists must admit that all research, especially work in the field, is value-laden. If practicum experience is required of students, a variety of opportunities, permitting the expression of a variety of values, should be made available. Involvement in socially relevant class projects should be voluntary. Graduate students who go to work for an agency should explore the agency's value system before entering the practicum. Students and faculty should be made aware of the profession's ethical guidelines regarding their roles as researchers and as consultants. One advantage of having practica supervised by qualified psychologists is that, through role modeling and explicit discourse, the supervisor can help to develop an appropriate sense of ethics and professional integrity. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (93rd, Los Angeles, CA, August 23-27, 1985). Uneven type quality may affect legibility.