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ERIC Number: ED231454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Community College Counselor's Role: A Review of the Literature.
Ancheta, Bernard
Focusing on studies conducted since 1960, this paper reviews the literature on the role of the counselor in the community college and at other levels of postsecondary education. The first section stresses the value of research on the role of the counselor and the compelling reasons for providing a clear definition of that role. The next section examines the process of role definition, reviewing the relationship between the efforts to define the counselor's role and the principles of role theory. The third section outlines the nature of the conflicts surrounding the issue of role definition and their possible causes, emphasizing the problems of communication, institutional setting and philosophy, personal and environmental characteristics, and the counselor's career aspirations. Then, differences in the definitions of the counselor's role as formulated by counselors, administrators, faculty, and students are examined in terms of the implications of these differing perceptions and the attempts to resolve differences between the counselors' ideal and actual roles. Finally, a summary of the review is presented, indicating that the literature is sometimes contradictory and often confused, and underscoring the importance of further research to clearly define the counselor's role. (HB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A