Assessment of a counseling psychology curriculum

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. Z.J. Nel en_US
dc.contributor.author MacKenzie, Justin W. R.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-05T12:15:34Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-05T12:15:34Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-05
dc.date.submitted 1997
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/7029
dc.description M.A. en_US
dc.description.abstract A review of research titles produced since 1985 at RAU indicates that no formal research has been conducted on the evaluation of the counselling psychology curriculum. An overview of the literature in this field indicates that the profession has not consolidated a unique identity, and its evolution continues since its inception in approximately 1890 together with the origination of the general field of psychology. It thus becomes difficult to define a standard counselling psychology curriculum in this changing growth process, and this study examines only a single curriculum while attempting to determine efficiency, effectiveness and relevance within the changing South African context. Thus while the literature and existing theoretical models served to provide some bench marks in the evaluation process in terms of current trends, the related needs of a diverse and changing South African population were also utilised. It was anticipated that this evaluation process would provide the training system with relevant feedback to be used for possible future implementation. Given the limitations of a dissertation the aim was not to conduct an empirical study, but rather to obtain as much useful information as possible by using a questionnaire with rating scales and open ended questions in order to best determine efficiency, effectiveness and relevance of the training curriculum. While the analysis of the results appears to show that students experienced overall satisfaction with training, except for some modules, a trend is also noted where the programme itself has evolved by better meeting the needs of students. However, it is indicated that the programme does not adequately prepare students for the demands of private practice, and that the emphasis is too academic and less applied, which results in producing adequate knowledge but inadequate skills. Serious consideration is found to be needed regarding the relevance of the curriculum in terms of the broader South African community and needs. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Curriculum planning - Study and teaching (Higher) - Research - South Africa - Evaluation en_US
dc.subject Curriculum evaluation - Research - South Africa en_US
dc.subject Psychology - Study and teaching (Higher) - Research - South Africa en_US
dc.subject Counseling - Study and teaching (Higher) - Research - South Africa en_US
dc.title Assessment of a counseling psychology curriculum en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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