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ERIC Number: ED050408
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1962
Pages: 690
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The Effectiveness of Guidance in Today's High Schools: A Survey in Illinois.
Runkel, Philip J.
The chief interest of this study was the relationship between two predictor variables (counselor-student ratio and visiting the counselor) on the one hand and criteria of counseling effectiveness on the other. Other, possibly significant, control variables are described, most notably general academic aptitude. The data was collected primarily by questionnaires from those public high schools of Illinois with an enrollment of 100 or more students. The findings supportive of guidance included: (1) students' knowledge about the educational requirements of their chosen occupations was increased; (2) high counselor availability correlated positively with a larger proportion of high academic aptitude girls being enrolled in the college prep curricula; and (3) the counseling increased the frequency with which students were found to have chosen occupations appropriate to their abilities. The general conclusion is that, while guidance counseling as practiced in unselected Illinois schools affects students favorably, important qualifications are necessary for accurate and useful data interpretation. These are discussed. (TL)
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Authoring Institution: Oregon Univ., Eugene.