ERIC Number: ED092840
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Sep
An Evaluation of Secondary School Guidance and Counseling Programs in Alaska, Phase I.
Spaziani, Richard L.; And Others
This study proposed to examine some of the essential features of Alaska's guidance and counseling programs as well as to determine the services necessary for an effective program. The study further sought to determine levels of program adequacy for each of 43 typical characteristics. Characteristics were grouped into the broad activity areas of counseling, staff attitudes and relationships, facilities, program orientation and information, occupational counseling, follow-up, administrative policies and ancillary services. Forty principals and 82 counselors were surveyed in 25 school districts. Principals and counselors were additionally asked their opinions regarding the importance of the characteristics in local guidance and counseling programs. The study revealed few significant differences within each respondent group when compared by urban and rural locations. The number of significant differences increased when the respondents were compared by professional positions. A high degree of homogeneity exists among the respondents in their reactions to the characteristics. This suggests some level of program improvement is recognized by both principals and counselors. Findings in this study tend to support the literature that principals and counseling staffs perceive the function and role of counseling differently. The study concludes that there is a need for clarification and agreement between principals and counselors concerning role perception and utilization of counselor skills. (Author/NM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska State Advisory Council for Vocational and Adult Education, Juneau.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska