ERIC Number: ED349491
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Study of Guidance Services in the High Schools, 1988-89. OREA Report.
Mei, Dolores M.; And Others
Guidance services are an integral part of the New York City public high school system, but because each high school plans and implements its own guidance program autonomously, little is known about the actual organization and operation of guidance activities citywide. In March 1989 New York city high school guidance departments (N=122) were surveyed in order to describe and analyze current high school guidance practices. Administration and supervision of guidance departments, numbers and kinds of personnel working in guidance departments, the daily activities of counselors, communication within guidance departments, integration of guidance services within the larger school community, the referral system, caseload size, student needs, departmental strengths and weaknesses, and the problems that hinder effective delivery of guidance services were examined. The results of the survey indicated that current guidance services are more integrated into everyday school life than they were 15 years ago. However, respondents also indicated that guidance department organization and staffing patterns do not facilitate the quality of guidance delivery necessary to successfully address student needs, which are acute across the spectrum. In addition, it was found that the administration of high school guidance departments comprises a discernible hierarchy, with distinct domains of decision-making, marked by an institutionalized referral system, too much paperwork, and insufficient resources. The counselors, too, are swamped by excessive caseloads, distracted by heavy paperwork, and too often frustrated by their inability to deal effectively with serious student needs. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.