ERIC Number: ED306485
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jan-1
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Effective Elementary Guidance Programs. Results of a Joint Study.
Sattes, Beth; Miller, Maryrita
A study group was formed to investigate effective elementary guidance programs. The group asked all elementary guidance counselors in Kentucky to nominate effective programs in the state. The names of exemplary programs in five other states were also requested. Open-ended interviews were conducted with principals (N=26) and/or counselors (N=22) from 36 programs identified as effective. When asked about key activities in their programs, 95% of the counselors mentioned individual and small group counseling, 82% cited involvement of teachers and staff, and 82% mentioned high visibility with students. Counselors reported spending almost 30% of their time in counseling activities, over 25% in group guidance activities, and 16% consulting with teachers and parents. Principals of elementary schools having effective guidance programs called their programs child-oriented, developmental, involving parents and teachers, and able to provide a balance between counseling and classroom guidance activities. Principals reported providing financial resources, appropriate materials and supplies, adequate facilities, and personal support to their guidance programs. Counselors reported that a supportive principal and adequate facilities contributed most to program effectiveness. This report summarizes results of the principals' and counselors' surveys; counselors' and principals' interview instruments; scoring system for counselors' and principals' interviews; and counselors' and principals' demographic information are appended. (ABL)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Counselor Attitudes, Elementary Education, Guidance Programs, Program Effectiveness, School Counseling, School Counselors, School Effectiveness, School Guidance
Appalachia Educational Laboratory, Inc., P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325 ($8.00 prepaid).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.; Kentucky Association of School Administrators, Frankfort.; Kentucky State Dept. of Education, Frankfort.