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ERIC Number: EJ1077610
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2046-9012
Examining Perception of Competency through Practicum Competencies Outline
Esposito, Giovanna; Freda, Maria Francesca; Bosco, Valentina
European Journal of Training and Development, v39 n8 p700-720 2015
Purpose: This study aims to examine the self-perceived competencies of 231 Italian students enrolled in a psychological degree program and involved in a practicum. It analyzes the subjective perception of the competences that students expect to develop, acknowledge as developed and that might be inferred from tasks performed during the practicum; the level of expertise (novice, intermediate or advanced) of these competences; and the relation between the practicum facility and the competences. Design/methodology/approach: This study administered an "ad hoc" survey comprising open-ended questions and used the Practicum Competencies Outline (Hatcher and Lassiter, 2007) as a framework for the content analysis. Findings: The results revealed poor perception of some competency domains, such as Diversity: Individual and Cultural Differences; Development of Leadership; Application of Research and Ethics; and a frequent acknowledgment of Psychological Assessment and Professional Development. Before the practicum, the students expected to develop competence mainly at a novice level of expertise; after the practicum, the intermediate level of competences acknowledged as developed and inferred from performed tasks increased. Research limitations/implications: The findings have implications for research on competence-based training, such as the necessity of self-assessment training evaluation. Practical implications: Undergraduate psychology students must reflect on the value of psychological competences during their formative training to re-orient their learning process and build a competent professional role. Moreover, psychological facilities and university must share common objectives in training undergraduate students. Originality/value: This study is the first attempt to analyze Italian college students' subjective perceptions of psychological competencies expected or developed during practicum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy
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