ERIC Number: ED309176
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of Research Training: The Testing, Research, and Data Processing Unit of the University Counseling Center. Research Report #5-88.
Thompson, Chalmer E.; Sedlacek, William E.
The relative contributions of a research assistantship experience to graduate training programs in counseling psychology and student personnel were evaluated. The following areas were assessed: (1) the extent to which research competencies are enhanced among former research assistants; (2) the extent to which attitudes toward research are enhanced among former research assistants; and (3) the variables within the assistantship that are associated with positive attitudes toward research and increased research productivity. Subjects were 53 former research assistants of the Testing, Research, and Data Processing Unit of the University of Maryland (College Park) Counseling Center. Of this total, 41 participants completed and returned a four-part survey, which included a personal background questionnaire, the Modified Environment Inventory, a critical incidents item, and the skill competency inventory. With respect to research participation and productivity, 32% of the respondents indicated that they had published one or two journal articles in the past 2 years, and 37% indicated that they had presented 1 to 5 scholarly papers at conferences during this period. Respondents tended to have favorable attitudes toward research and generally agreed that their experiences as research assistants had enhanced their competencies as researchers. Respondents felt most competent in collaborating with colleagues on research and in scholarly presentations at meetings. Recommendations are provided based on the study's findings. Five tables present the findings. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.