ERIC Number: ED317921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
A Computer-Based, Prescriptive Approach for Teaching Expertise to Group Counselors.
Hummel, Thomas J.; Johnson, Gary G.
There has been a long standing concern with the preparation and training of group counselors. This study attempted to determine the efficacy of a computer-based, prescriptive method for teaching group leadership decision rules to graduate level counselor trainees. In the first phase of the study, the computer-based, prescriptive curriculum was developed, as well as control condition. The leadership decision rules were developed by interviewing group counselors, (N=10) who each had at least 5 or more years of group experience. In the second phase of the study, the curriculum was evaluated using a randomized comparative experiment with graduate student subjects (N=20). Based on results of the evaluation, the computer-based, prescriptive curriculum was effective in teaching the content it was designed to teach. Results concerning performance were not as clear cut as had been hoped. Reasons for this include that the decision rules and actions comprising the prescriptive curriculum were both detailed and extensive and therefore it was probably unrealistic to expect trainees to absorb and integrate the quantity of detailed information involved in only 6 hours spread across 3 weeks. Also, the group interaction was assessed in the fifth week of the quarter which was too early. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).