ERIC Number: ED451440
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Factors Affecting the Learning Environment of Doctoral Students in Counselor Education.
Nelson, Kaye W.; Jackson, Shelley A.
This paper describes a study designed to explore the learning environments of doctoral and master's degree counselor education programs. Counselor educators (N=8) from four states were interviewed; four Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) programs were represented. The focus of counselor education at the master's level appears to be congruent with the notion that graduate programs help students prepare for careers in order to meet the needs of the marketplace. Courses are generally survey in nature and most of the curriculum involves the transmission of knowledge from the professor to the students. Faculty report less contact with master's students than with doctoral students. The doctoral program prepares students for scholarship, although most of the research has focused on the success of graduates and not on the developmental issues of the programs. The influence of CACREP was a strong element in this study in that all interviewees had experience or knowledge of accreditation standards. Of particular interest was the realization from several interviewees that their knowledge was gained experientially. One could argue that the process of preparing counselor educators can be transmitted satisfactorily from observing an experienced counselor. Another argument could be made in light of the study's results, for establishing and publishing theoretical counselor education models based on the most important factors in constructing an effective learning environment. (Contains 1 figure, 1 table, and 32 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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