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ERIC Number: ED320079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Trends in Meaning and Meaningful Trends: A Survey of Counseling Graduates.
Oliver, Ronald; And Others
A 10-year survey of 360 graduates (1979-1989) of an educational psychology and counseling program at a midwestern university was conducted. Of the 138 respondents, 94 had earned their master's degree, 4 had earned the educational specialist degree, and 40 had earned their doctorates. The findings revealed that trends in first employment positions in school counseling remained fairly stable, with approximately 30% of the graduates beginning their careers in school counseling. Postsecondary placements gradually declined over the decade, from 23% to 12%; clinical positions more than doubled to a 1989 level of nearly 42%; positions in human service agencies peaked early in the 1980s but ended in 1989 at about the 12% level; and percentages of those beginning their careers in private practice/consulting remained quite low (4-8%) across all time periods with no clear trends being established. Respondents were asked to put in rank order aspects of the program as to their meaningfulness, with the result that the practica/internship experience moved from third place in 1979 to first place by 1989. Coursework/curriculum showed a steady decline from first to third position. Over the decade, interaction with faculty was most frequently ranked as the most meaningful aspect of the program, while interaction with other students and research were ranked as the least meaningful aspects of the program. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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