ERIC Number: ED270705
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Counselor/Administrator Perceptions of Counselor Responsibilities.
Frank, Robert L.
School counselors perform a variety of tasks and are expected to assume a variety of roles. In an effort to determine school counselor and administrator perceptions of counselor responsibilities, 404 counselors and 315 administrators in Iowa completed a questionnaire by ranking their perceptions of actual and ideal counselor roles in each of 13 responsibilities areas. The results of the questionnaire revealed that elementary counselors seemed to stress direct work with students, teachers, and parents to enhance the optimal learning in the classroom. Secondary school counselors seemed to stress direct contact with students, often on a one-to-one basis, to facilitate structured interventions, educational advisement, scheduling and placement, career guidance, and orientation and registration. Secondary counselors reported giving less attention to working with teachers or parents in reaching counseling goals. Elementary counselors appeared to have a closer relationship between perceived actual roles and ideal roles with junior/senior high counselors having the biggest gap between these roles. While counselors tended to have considerable distance between their perceived actual role and their ideal role, administrators tended to have a very similar priority ranking between what they saw counselors actually doing and what they considered the ideal counselor role to be. If counselors are going to move closer to their perceived ideal role, they must communicate this role to the administrator. (The questionnaire and a rank ordering of responsibilities is included.) (NB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Los Angeles, CA, April 20-23, 1986).