ERIC Number: ED313630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Restructuring the Guidance Delivery System: Implications for Rural High School Guidance Counselors.
Greer, R. M.; Richardson, M. D.
The educational reform movement of the past several years has forced all educators to critically examine both their current and perceived roles. The following model addresses the issues of a changing clientele, a changing society, and a changing expectation of the duties of school guidance counselors. The first requirement of a new scheduling model is to examine the time requirement for counselors. A model program for flexible scheduling was developed for a rural high school serving approximately 1,500 students with four counselors. The counselors were required to account for the same number of work hours as a regular classroom teacher, but the hours were staggered to allow for the flexibility necessary to spend time at school after the typical school day. This model: (1) allows counselors and administrators to work together as a team; (2) requires that the community be informed and educated about the need for a cooperative parent/child/school interaction; (3) requires counselors and administrators to receive educational updating; (4) requires willingness by counselors and administrators to make modifications in current programs and practices; (5) requires counselors and administrators to think in proactive as well as reactive terms; and (6) requires counselors and administrators to analyze their own motivations to determine how much they are willing to do in order to produce healthy, happy, productive citizens. (ABL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Rural Education Association (Nashville, TN, April 19-21, 1989).