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ERIC Number: ED002755
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1957
Pages: 53
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THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A MODIFIED COUNSELING PROCEDURE IN PROMOTING LEARNING AMONG BRIGHT UNDERACHIEVING ADOLESCENTS.
MCCARTHY, SISTER MARY VITERBO
THE PROBLEM WAS TO DETERMINE IF SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES IN THE SCHOLASTIC ATTAINMENT OF BRIGHT UNDERACHIEVING ADOLESCENTS COULD BE INDUCED BY A SHORT-TERM SMALL GROUP COUNSELING PROCEDURE. MAJOR OBJECTIVES WERE TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT TO WHICH A GROUP OF CAPABLE BUT UNDERACHIEVING ADOLESCENTS CAN IMPROVE THEIR ACADEMIC STANDING BY EXPOSURE TO A COUNSELING SETTING WHEREIN THEY MAY DIAGNOSE THEIR OWN "FAILURES" AND PLAN WAYS OF REPAIRING THEIR OWN "DEFICIENCIES," AND TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE COUNSELING PROCESS CAN BRING ABOUT A MORE POSITIVE ATTITUDE TOWARD STUDY IN A GROUP OF CAPABLE BUT UNDERACHIEVING ADOLESCENTS. THE EXPERIMENT INVOLVED 12 BRIGHT UNDERACHIEVING, NINTH GRADE BOYS. BIOGRAPHICAL DATA, INTEREST SCORES, AND PERSONALITY INDICES WERE GATHERED ON EACH INDIVIDUAL. THE EXPERIMENTER THEN PREPARED 12 DISGUISED CASE STUDIES, EACH CHARACTERIZING A MEMBER OF THE GROUP. IN ALL CASES, ONE OF THE PROBLEMS TO BE CONSIDERED WAS A LACK OF SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT. THE COUNSELING CONSISTED OF A SERIES OF SIX SESSIONS DURING WHICH EACH GROUP DISCUSSED THE CASES. IT WAS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GROUP TO ISOLATE THE PROBLEMS IN EACH CASE AND TO SUGGEST POSSIBLE WAYS OF RESOLVING THEM. BY COMPARING THE CHANGES IN SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT AND IN ATTITUDE OCCURRING IN A CONTROL GROUP, THE INVESTIGATOR WAS THEN ABLE TO DETERMINE THE EFFECTS OF THIS COUNSELING PROCEDURE AND TO SEE WHETHER OR NOT THE PARTICIPANTS WERE ABLE TO TRANSFER THEIR LEARNINGS TO THEIR OWN SITUATIONS. (AH)
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Authoring Institution: Regis Coll., Weston, MA.
Identifiers: CALIFORNIA TEST OF PERSONALITY; Kuder Preference Record Vocational; MASSACHUSETTS; Massachusetts (Weston)