ERIC Number: ED269658
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May-1
Reference Count: 0
The Academic Evaluation of Minority Graduate Students in Psychology: Problems and Challenges.
Tori, Christopher D.; Cervantes, Oscar F.
In order for the profession of psychology to guard against racial and ethnic prejudice in the education of future practitioners, it is important to systematically scrutinize training programs to determine if they are biased against minority persons. Such an invesigation was conducted with a sample of graduate students from the California School of Professional Psychology at Berkeley and at Fresno. The quantitative grade point average (GPA), entrance, grade, and dropout data on 74 Berkeley subjects were obtained from school records; comprehensive examination scores were also recorded. The Cross-Cultural Training Experience Questionnaire was completed by 138 Berkeley students, 21 Fresno students, and 11 Berkeley faculty members. Individual interviews were conducted with 20 minority students. Following a review of the historical factors which influenced the evaluative array of measurements used at this institution, it was predicted that significant differences would be found between minority and nonminority students on pre-admission GPA data; graduate school grades; scores on an objective, multiple-choice comprehensive examination; and incidence of academic failure and withdrawal. While results generally supported these hypotheses, academic differences between groups were often not as great as expected. It was further predicted and confirmed that monocultural bias would be recognized as a serious issue by many students and would be intensely experienced by minority students. These findings suggest that racial and ethnic bias remains a serious problem in the education of future psychologists. A six-page list of references is included. The appendices consists of: (1) the Student Evaluation Form used at the Berkeley campus; (2) the Cross-Cultural Training Experience Questionnaire; and (3) the interview questions used in this study with minority students at Berkeley. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (66th, Seattle, WA, May 1-4, 1986).