ERIC Number: ED299532
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: 0
Focus on Improving Your Middle School Guidance Program.
Costar, James W.
This guide to improving middle school guidance programs is based on two premises: (1) that the primary goal of the guidance program is to help students find meaning in their lives, and by this means, find relevancy in what schools have to offer them; and (2) that this sense of relevancy is accompanied by higher motivation to learn, and as a consequence, greater achievement. Discrepancies that exist between what educators believe about good developmental guidance programs and what is typical in secondary schools are discussed, and widely accepted concepts about administration of effective guidance programs are described. Seven operational objectives of guidance programs are listed, and the services (pupil-inventory, information, counseling, placement, follow-up needs assessment) needed to reach these objectives are described. Components of designing an effective guidance program are presented, including revitalizing the guidance program, assessing pupil needs, agreeing on goals and priorities, program needs assessment, and implementing the program. The roles of the principal and middle school counselor are described. Models for middle school guidance programs, including the teacher-advisor approach are presented. The role of the classroom teacher in the guidance program is described. The teacher-advisor guidance program, which is intended to provide greater emphasis upon the guidance function of the school through a well-defined structure for group guidance activities which can be specifically defined, assigned, and evaluated, is discussed in some detail. Preparation of teachers for guidance work is described. Selected references are listed. (ABL)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Michigan Association of Middle School Educators, East Lansing.