ERIC Number: ED287337
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Practicum Training for Advisors.
Kramer, Howard C.
The use of a practicum form of training for faculty advisers is discussed. Understanding the advising process may be viewed as a transaction between master adviser (advising mentor) and faculty adviser. Likewise, the understanding can be replicated in the interaction between faculty adviser and student advisee. Using the practicum setting to help advisers is a way to represent essential features of advising practice while enabling learners to experiment at low risk, vary the pace and focus of their work, and go back over things. The learner must be able to say what effects are desired. Joint experimentation can help learners set their own objectives. A behavioral change model proposed by R. H. Davis, 1979, identifies variables that influence changes in the instructional behavior of faculty. The model, which contains classes of organizational and individual variables, is used to critique the applicability of using a reflective practicum setting in the adviser-training program. A major organizational variable concerns role expectations of faculty. It is advocated that advisees be led by their advisers to view the advising process as one by which imperfect actions are modified through reflection-in-action, i.e., the process of judging what one's responses should, or could, be. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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