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ERIC Number: ED325761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
Pages: 31
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Needs Assessment: A Critical Tool for Guidance Planning.
Martin, Susan A.
This study was conducted to identify what elementary school staff and district parents believed to be important elementary guidance services. A needs assessment questionnaire was given to all 112 staff members (principals, teaching staff, teacher aides, secretaries, and school nurse) in the district's 2 elementary schools. Fifty-eight completed questionnaires were returned. An estimated 550 parents of elementary students from both schools also received the questionnaires. Of these, 170 were returned and 168 were used in compiling the results. The results indicated strong support for 19 of the 21 listed guidance services. Respondents identified individual counseling, crisis management, self-esteem work, and problem-centered groups as high priority services. Staff and parents were in agreement regarding the importance of many guidance services (individual counseling, expertise in working with students with special needs, classes for getting along with others and developing interpersonal skills, counseling groups focusing on feelings, and parent consultation). Career awareness and assistance with career education were identified as low priority services. The issue of career awareness and education as an elementary guidance responsibility needs to be explored further. The implications for program development and the value of needs assessment as a critical component in program planning are discussed. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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