ERIC Number: ED170903
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Staff Counselling in Education.
Gray, H. L.
One aspect of staff development that has not received much attention is staff counseling. In fact, the general pastoral care of the teaching staff is largely neglected. Since most problems of teachers have a personal nature, what is needed is a specially trained staff within the institution to offer personal counseling. This counseling could focus on relationship problems between colleagues or between colleagues and subordinates or supervisors. Teachers also frequently need support in problems with students. Counseling can help teachers with their career problems and can make possible realistic but nonthreatening teacher appraisal. The administrative elements in the teachers' jobs from induction to retirement are all concerns for counseling help. Good leadership and good management are more likely to be brought about by counseling rather than training of individuals in techniques. Counseling may also be needed to help with teachers' personal or home problems. One approach to counseling is to develop the use of counseling techniques as a mode of operation throughout the institution. In this approach, counseling techniques are used as a basis for all teaching or managerial relationships. No matter what specific approach is utilized, counseling programs to supply the emotional needs of teachers are long overdue. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North East London Polytechnic (England). Div. of Staff and Educational Development.
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