ERIC Number: ED223934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of Guidance and Counseling Program Description Booklet: Effectiveness of Counselor Activities. Research Services Report No. 22:05:81/82:011.
Norris, Carol A.; Finley, Mary Jane
To determine the effectiveness of counseling activities in working with high school students, the Phoenix Union High School District conducted a five-step evaluation of their Guidance and Counseling Program Description Booklet. A report about the evaluation was prepared to compare student and counselor responses and to identify areas of particular strengths or weaknesses. Counselors (N=52) and students (N=1,219) responded to survey questions about a wide range of subject areas from the Program Description Booklet, e.g., registration for classes, social and personal problems, and class schedule changes. The findings showed that districtwide, students found counselors to be accessible, and that relatively few students sought help on personal problems. Counselors saw personal problems as an important counseling activity, and students and counselors agreed on the high importance of career information. Recommendations from the study concluded that: (1) registration and schedule changes are time-consuming counselor tasks and should be turned over to clerical help whenever possible; (2) although students and counselors agree that attendance problems are low priority, counselors should identify potential dropouts while there is still time to keep them in school; and (3) most activities described in the Program Description Booklet are being accomplished by counselors, but the Booklet should be revised to reflect the current counselor role, and revision should place added emphasis on activities deemed important by students. The three appendices contain student survey results, counselor survey results, and counselor comments. (PAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phoenix Union High School District, AZ.