Baltrinic, Eric R., & Eric G. Suddeath (2020, December). A Q methodology study of a doctoral counselor education teaching instruction course. The Professional Counselor, 10(4), 472-487. (doi: 10.15241/erb.10.4.472) (Link: https://tpcjournal.nbcc.org/a-q-methodology-study-of-a-doctoral-counselor-education-teaching-instruction-course/) (Open Access: https://tpcjournal.nbcc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Pages-472-487-Baltrinic-A-Q-Methodology-Study-of-a-Doctoral-CETI-Course.pdf)

Abstract: Many counselor education and supervision (CES) doctoral programs offer doctoral-level teaching instruction courses as part of their curriculum to help prepare students for future teaching roles, yet little is known about the essential design, delivery, and evaluation components of these courses. Accordingly, the authors investigated instructor and student views on the essential design, delivery, and evaluation components of a doctoral counselor education teaching instruction (CETI) course using Q methodology. Eight first-year CES doctoral students and the course instructor from a large Midwestern university completed Q-sorts, which were factor analyzed. Three factors were revealed, which were named The Course Designer, The Future Educator, and The Empathic Instructor. The authors gathered post–Q-sort qualitative data from participants using a semi-structured questionnaire, and the results from the questionnaires were incorporated into the factor interpretations. Implications for incorporating the findings into CES pedagogy and for designing, delivering, and evaluating CETI courses are presented. Limitations and future research suggestions for CETI course design and delivery are discussed.

Eric R Baltrinic <erbaltrinic@ua.edu> is in the Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL; and Eric G Suddeath <eric.suddeath@msstate.edu> is in Counselor Education, Division of Education, Mississippi State University, Meridian, MS.

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