ERIC Number: ED286081
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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Guidance and Counseling in Urban Schools: Reform Issues for Policy Makers and Program Planners.
Clark, Reginald M.
The role and function of the school counselor in the school instructional process has been infrequently examined in the recent "school reform" movement. Many of a counselor's duties may center around recordkeeping and evaluation activities. Changes in the instructional and curriculum functions of the school guidance counselor are needed. Planners of the school instructional program must involve the counselor in assessment, diagnosis, and recommendation tasks that assist teachers in working with parents on learning activity plans to ensure students' engagement in the learning process in both school and non-school settings. An effective school reform program must establish policies that encourage use of the guidance counselor as an instructional resource for teachers, parents, and students. This can be done in at least three ways: (1) counselors must become more involved in intervention-based guidance and counseling activities from the earliest school stages; (2) school districts must take steps to establish a major and broad role for the guidance counselors which makes them monitors of student progress and coordinators of a comprehensive and systematic guidance plan for students; and (3) districts must invest money in training and preparing guidance counselors and other resource people to take a more central role in the school instuctional program. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).