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ERIC Number: EJ860763
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0011-0035
Understanding School Counseling Internships from a Communities of Practice Framework
Woodside, Marianne; Ziegler, Mary; Paulus, Trena M.
Counselor Education and Supervision, v49 n1 p20-38 Sep 2009
School counseling interns are on the boundary of communities of practice. This study explored how school counselors develop competence during internship experiences by analyzing an online dialogue taking place among a small group of interns. Feelings of being on the boundary intensified with unsatisfactory supervisor-intern relationships (lack of mutuality of engagement) or when interns experienced a sense of powerlessness to effect change at their internship placements (negotiating their repertoire). As boundary dwellers, interns turned to peers to make sense of their experiences (accountability to the joint enterprise). Implications include the importance of the supervisor-intern relationship and the relationships among internship peers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A