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ERIC Number: ED341006
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Pages: 8
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The Role of the Counseling Psychologist in Academia and Research.
Ladany, Nicholas
In reference to the topic of research, it seems an incongruence exists between what academic counseling psychologists would prefer versus what graduate students actually do. One of the first fears experienced by novice graduate students surrounds taking statistics and research methodology courses. Normalizing the statistics-related anxiety, and separating out statistics from research design seem to be two ways of diffusing some of the statistics and research methodology taboo; and diffusing this taboo might well increase interest in research activities among graduate students. The second issue involves nurturing research interests in graduate students. This can be accomplished by including graduate students in research activities that are minimally threatening yet still intellectually challenging. It seems important to include graduate students in the entire process of conducting research, from the initial conceptualization of the research idea to either the final revision before publication or the discarding of the rejection letter, whichever the case may be. The third issue involves counseling psychology programs' tradition of using a scientist/practitioner model to educate graduate students. It seems important to inform graduate students that they need not necessarily be involved in scientific endeavors 50 percent of the time. Demonstrating the interplay between the roles of scientist and practitioner is another way to increase graduate student interest in research activities. (LLL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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