Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


Educational Leadership and Policies


Counseling Education and Supervision

First Advisor

Joshua Gold


For counselors to be successful in current and future practice, they must be proficient reflective thinkers and be able to use reflective judgment skills to manage the daily complex problems presented by complex clients. Reflective thinking and reflective judgment are not elements of counseling curricula unless faculty explicitly design learning activities to develop these skills.

This study examined the relationship between reflective judgment and problembased learning (PBL) by comparing pretest and posttest scores on the Reasoning about Current Issues test. Data was collected from a convenience sample of graduate level Counselor Education Ed.S students at the University of South Carolina and the Counseling and Development students at Winthrop University. One-way repeatedmeasures ANOVA were used to analyze results from the RCI and descriptive statistics were used to describe the participants. The results of this study will help counselor educators in the training and evaluation of counselor education students.