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ERIC Number: ED326791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Pages: 28
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The Joys and Challenges of School Counseling Professionals in Rural Communities: A Qualitative Research Study.
Gothberg, Eric J.
For many rural residents, life is often characterized by harsh circumstances that threaten the very fabric of their existence, while for others, who tend to identify with a higher socio-economic class, rural living is a conscious choosing of an alternative lifestyle. Schools within these rural communities would also be quite different from their urban and suburban counterparts. The most obvious characteristic of rural schools is their smallness which results in different climate and atmosphere. It is understandable that rural guidance counselors face many positive as well as challenging stressors in their daily lives. This study used qualitative methods to determine the professional and personal climate of school counselors within rural areas of Maine. Data were collected through group and individual interviews with guidance counselors (N=16). Nine different themes were covered during the interviewing process: isolation, guidance program issues, relationship with administration, professional development, personal environment, professional resources, professional environment, recruitment, and networking. Results indicated that there were unique challenges as well as deeply personal and professionally satisfying advantages to serving as a school guidance counselor in a rural setting. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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