ERIC Number: EJ862314
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Applied Research Consultants (ARC): A Vertical Practicum Model of Training Applied Research
Nadler, Joel T.; Cundiff, Nicole L.
American Journal of Evaluation, v30 n4 p592-602 2009
The demand for highly trained evaluation consultants is increasing. Furthermore, the gap between job seekers' evaluation competencies and job recruiters' expectations suggests a need for providing practical training experiences. A model using a vertical practicum (advanced students assisting in the training of newer students) is suggested as an ideal training solution. Applied Research Consultants (ARC) is a 2-year vertical practicum conceptually built around a student-run consulting firm. ARC provides opportunities for graduate students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-world situations, thereby gaining invaluable experience. ARC's history, structure, and successes are discussed in the context of suggested goals in teaching, training, and hiring competent evaluation consultants. Additional methods of providing practical training in evaluation and consultation including class projects, mentored projects, internships, and practicum programs are discussed. The resources, institutional commitment, and possible limitations of a vertical practicum training model are also discussed.
Descriptors: Job Applicants, Graduate Students, Practicums, Advanced Students, Consultants, Apprenticeships, Research, Evaluation, Mentors, Surveys, Higher Education
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