ERIC Number: ED360015
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment of Field Placement.
While field placement in human services programs is an extremely important practical phase of training, it has generally not been standardized, and thus can be difficult to assess. A model program and assessment format developed by Hudson County Community College (HCCC), in Jersey City, New Jersey, however, provides a possible framework for standardizing field placement programs. Students in HCCC's program are expected to complete two consecutive courses of field placement, with each course requiring 128 hours of actual work at a placement site, weekly one-hour seminars, the maintenance of weekly logs of student activities, and final term papers. The field placement is designed to develop a sense of professional belonging and identity by requiring students to identify client service needs and gaps, prepare progress reports, assess case studies, and evaluate a strategic treatment plan. Grades are determined by students' weekly journals, term papers, and evaluations of their performance at the placement sites. To effectively evaluate placement site performance, an instrument was developed at HCCC focusing on descriptive, qualitative, and quantitative aspects of the field experience. The instrument was intended to evaluate students individually at mid-term and again at the end of the course to provide comparative data, and has been used with about 20 students annually for the past 5 years. The evaluation instrument is included. (MAB)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Course Content, Course Descriptions, Evaluation Criteria, Experiential Learning, Field Experience Programs, Grading, Human Services, Models, Questionnaires, Student Evaluation, Student Experience, Student Improvement, Student Records, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hudson County Community Coll., Jersey City, NJ.