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ERIC Number: ED374385
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-May-9
Pages: 37
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Middle School Guidance Counselors: Are There Enough?
Godbold, Laura H.
An increasing number of children face deteriorating family bonds, out-of-wedlock births, lack of shelter, pregnancy, abortion, and drug or alcohol related crimes. When schools fail to address the immediate family and social needs of students, learning for these students becomes difficult and relatively unimportant. This study promotes the importance and usefulness of middle school guidance counselors in addressing these social problems. Six middle school counselors were interviewed using a semi-structured format and then the varying student/counselor ratios and the demographics of each counselor's school were incorporated into the responses. Results indicate that the amount of paperwork involved in testing and registration procedures and the high student to counselor ratios left counselors under significant time constraints. These demands prevented counselors from meeting the personal needs of all their students. Understaffed guidance departments should be supplied with paraprofessionals who would handle the testing procedures and reduce the counselor's amount of paperwork. The paper also lists interviewees' advice and suggestions for their colleagues. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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