ERIC Number: ED328558
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Nov-28
Reference Count: N/A
A Nationwide Assessment of the Perceived Job Relevance of the National Board for Certified Counselors Examination.
Jaeger, Richard M.; And Others
The job relevance of the National Board for Certified Counselors Examination (NBCCE) was studied through a survey of professional counselors. The results of this study are presented. The NBCCE testing program, the composition and organization of the NBCCE, and the frequency with which the NBCCE is administered are described. The NBCCE is part of a certification process to assess the professional knowledge and competence of applicants. Of the 200 multiple-choice test items that make up the NBCCE, 160 are scored and 40 are used to build an item bank for future use. To determine the practical relevance of each of the knowledge topics and knowledge of skills topics assessed by the NBCCE, a 121-item mail survey was sent to certified counselors who had taken the examination between its inception in January of 1983 and September of 1985. The sample included 739 counselors. A total of 537 counselors (72.4% of the sample) responded to the survey. Subjects' responses were coded on a five-point scale (crucial, important, of questionable relevance, not relevant, or do not know). The majority of the subjects judged the examination as job relevant, with almost three fourths considering the knowledge tested either crucial or important. This report also highlights relevance judgments according to: (1) specialty areas of practice; (2) various college majors; and (3) various racial or ethnic groups. Study data are provided in 47 tables and 133 graphs. The mail survey is included. (SLD)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Counselor Attitudes, Counselor Certification, Counselors, Ethnic Groups, Higher Education, Knowledge Level, Licensing Examinations (Professions), Mail Surveys, Majors (Students), National Surveys, Racial Differences, Sex Differences, Specialists, Test Items, Test Validity
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Greensboro. Center for Educational Research and Evaluation.