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Assessment of Student Dispositions: The Development and Psychometric Properties of the Professional Disposition Competence Assessment (PDCA)

Curtis M. Garner, Brenda J. Freeman, and Lindsay Lee


The purpose of this study was to investigate the development and psychometric properties of the Professional Disposition Competence Assessment (PDCA), a rubric based on the inclusion approach and designed to aid counselor educators in admissions processes, conducting mid-program progress reviews, and monitoring student dispositions throughout the academic program. The authors describe the development, piloting, and revision of the PDCA and report on the establishment of content validity, inter-rater reliability between assessors, and construct validity.

Keywords: gatekeeping, student dispositions, rubric, PDCA, counselors-intraining

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