ERIC Number: ED446306
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Research Training Environment Changes: Impacts on Research Self-Efficacy and Interest.
Kahn, Jeffrey H.
The graduate research training environment is instrumental to the development of students as scientists (Gelso, 1993, 1997; Gelso and Lent, 2000). Investigations of research training environments in counseling psychology graduate programs have provided some of the empirical support necessary for educators to draw upon Gelso's (1993) theory when designing and enhancing training programs. Research thus far has been exclusively cross-sectional, and students' perceptions of the training environment are only measured as they are perceived at a single point in time. Past research has not addressed how short-term changes in the training environment relate to changes in research self-efficacy and research interest. This paper explores these relationships and how changes in one specific aspect of the training environment, namely the student's relationship with a mentor, relate to changes in research self-efficacy and research interest. Counseling psychology doctoral students (N=125) participated in this study. Two training implications were determined from the results. First, it suggests that training interventions may be effective at the level of the individual mentor and need not be program-wide to impact student development. Second, the research supports the practice of reassigning mentors if a student is unsatisfied with the mentor early on in training. (Contains 4 tables and 19 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association (Washington, DC, August 4-8, 2000).