ERIC Number: ED317931
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
What Group Practicum Events Do Students Relate to Their Development as Counselors? An Exploratory Study.
Reed, James R.
Group practicum classes in counselor training most commonly blend didactic information, case presentations, and interpersonal process material. This study was conducted to investigate the effect of these three classroom events on 17 students' conscious awareness of their development as counselors. Data consisted of group practicum students' responses to an open-ended short-answer survey form. These were analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively: first, they were read and sorted to identify recurring themes related to counselor development, and then the protocols were coded and the resulting frequency data were submitted to a log linear analysis, in order to assess which classroom events the students were responding to with greatest frequency. Results support the conclusion that, of the three classroom events, process material seems to have had the greatest effect on the students. Qualitative analysis of the data suggest that group practicum students face four tasks as they develop as counselors: (1) overcoming fears of peer evaluation; (2) learning to use peer comments to assist in their development as counselors; (3) learning how to think like a counselor by considering the process, rather than the content, of interactions; and (4) learning to trust their own instincts as counselors. (Examples are included that illustrate these tasks. References are included.) (TE)
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).