ERIC Number: ED037765
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of the Role of the Elementary School Guidance Counselor.
Farrell, James; Healy, Alice A.
The study was conducted to analyze the role of the elementary school guidance counselor and explore counselors', teachers', and principals' expectations of this role. Involved were 35 schools where the counselor, principal and two randomly selected teachers responded to a Role Expectation Questionnaire and individual interviews. The findings include areas of agreement and disagreement in regard to the counselor's role. A short review of the literature is given. Several implications for personnel in the field are presented. The elementary school principal must realize that conflicting opinions regarding the functions of the counselor exist and that an examination of the principal's expectation of the guidance program, an explanation of the counselor's role to the staff and the use of a role expectation questionnaire to evaluate the existing guidance program are helpful. The suggestions for the elementary school counselor are the elimination of: conflicting expectations of their functions, analysis of specific functions, review of a role expectation questionnaire and discussion of the questionnaire and the setting up of workshops in sensitivity training for counselors. Also indicated is the need on the part of the elementary school teacher to understand and accept the functions of the counselor. (Author/MC)
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Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of Guidance.; State Univ. of New York, Brockport. Coll. at Brockport.