Title

Preparation and Preparedness: A Study of Curriculum Design in Terminal Master's Programs in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Keywords

Psychology, Industrial -- Study and teaching

Abstract

Graduate programs in Industrial/Organizational Psychology vary throughout the country with regard to curriculum design and content, raising the issue of preparation and its relationship to preparedness on the job. It was hypothesized that: (1) students with a greater amount of prior field experience would perceive themselves to be better prepared for the workplace than those with a lesser amount of such experience; (2) employers would perceive students who had received a greater amount of prior field experience as better preared than those with a lesser amount of such experience; and (3) students with previous work experience or job training in the field, whether prior to or concurrent with graduate training, would perceive themselves better prepared than those with either practicum experience alone or with no applied experience in the field at all. Subjects were graduates of terminal master's programs in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and the first employers of these graduates. Dependent varialbes were graduate self-perceptions of preparedness on the job and employer perceptions of employee preparedness on the job. Data were analyzed using chi-squre statistics. Results indicated that no significant difference existed among graduates or among employers in their reported perceptios of perparedness in the workplace.

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Graduation Date

1986

Advisor

Burroughs, Wayne A.

Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Degree Program

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Format

Print

Pages

60 leaves

Language

English

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Identifier

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