ERIC Number: ED317340
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Report on Guidance and Counseling Personnel and Programs in Nevada.
Loesch-Griffin, Deborah A.; And Others
This report describes Nevada's first systematic collection of statewide information about guidance and counseling personnel and programs. In fall 1988, 224 of the 315 school counselors in Nevada completed a survey covering: (1) personal and job related data; (2) amount and quality of preservice education and professional development activities; (3) extent to which the 12 elements necessary for a "comprehensive" guidance program were present in their programs; and (4) the educational system's evaluation of and support for guidance personnel. Among the more important results were: (1) 42% of counselors had caseloads of 500 or more students, while all recommendations for the ideal caseload fell in the range of 200-500 students; (2) respondents felt that counseling was most effective when begun in elementary school; (3) the comprehensive program element reported least frequently was "provisions for the school-to-work transition," but implementation of other elements varied by grade level, student socioeconomic status, and type of locale (urban versus rural); (4) integration of guidance programs into existing curricular and extracurricular programs occurred sometimes in the lower grades but rarely in the higher grades; (5) although counselors stated that the most important program goal was providing guidance for all students, other results indicate that this goal was not being met; and (6) guidance personnel were being improperly evaluated and were not receiving appropriate support. This report contains statewide recommendations, the survey instrument, and 30 data tables. (SV)
Descriptors: Counselor Attitudes, Counselor Certification, Counselor Client Ratio, Counselor Evaluation, Counselor Qualifications, Counselor Training, Educational Counseling, Elementary Secondary Education, Guidance Objectives, Guidance Programs, Rural Urban Differences, School Counselors, School Guidance, State Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Nevada State Dept. of Education, Carson City. Planning, Research and Evaluation Branch.
Authoring Institution: Nevada Univ., Reno. Research and Educational Planning Center.
Identifiers - Location: Nevada