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ERIC Number: ED372059
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 10
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Assessing Student Progress in Field Experience: Factors Influencing Positive Outcomes.
Prerost, Frank J.
Field experience courses permit undergraduate students to earn academic credit for work off-campus. These practicum opportunities have been rated positively by participants and alumni of psychology programs. Reactions to field experience are typically assessed following the practicum or in follow-up surveys of alumni. This study reports on an assessment of undergraduate psychology students (N=45) who participated in a variety of human service settings during their field experiences. Each subject was required to complete the Adjective Generation Technique (AGT), a longitudinal assessment of self-description, during the field placement. The AGT permits daily evaluation of a person's changes in favorability of self-concept and anxiety level. Results showed fluctuations in anxiety and favorability ratings among participants which were related to events at work. Positive events during field experiences were grouped into three categories: (1) quality of interactions with clients; (2) student participation in caregiving activities; and (3) feeling part of the team. Two dominant areas promoted increased anxiety in students: unexpected behavior from clients; and worry about making errors/mistakes. (Contains 18 references.) (Author/LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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