ERIC Number: ED027893
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Group Versus Individual Counseling: A Junior College Study. Final Report.
Aughinbaugh, Lorine A.
Increases in junior college enrollment, coupled with a shortage of qualified guidance personnel, have forced many colleges to rely more heavily on group than on individual counseling for students. In the fall of 1965, students entering American River College were randomly assigned to either group or individual sessions, or not assigned, and these groups were compared over a two-year period in persistence, academic achievement, goal motivation, student attitude change, and counselor evaluation of students' growth in self-understanding. An analysis of covariance showed that students counseled individually were rated significantly higher by their counselors in growth in self-understanding, and students counseled in groups had a significantly more positive attitude toward counseling. Although there were no significant differences between these groups in persistance, academic achievement, or goal motivation, when they were compared to students not assigned to either group or individual counseling sessions, they were significantly higher in these three areas. It was concluded that, regardless of method, when special attention is paid to counseling, students benefit. (MC)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Bureau of Pupil Personnel Services.
Authoring Institution: American River Junior Coll., Sacramento, CA.