ERIC Number: ED376418
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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Counselors and Computers: A Survey of Compatibility and Use.
Hardesty, Greg; Utesch, William E.
Almost every profession has capitalized on the computerized processing of data. High school counselors in particular, require quick and accurate access to career information and though such technology can be expensive, it may be less prohibitive than adding additional staff. This study examines how school counselors utilize computers in their counseling programs. Seventy school counselors, representing grades kindergarten through post high school, returned questionnaires formulated for this study. Survey results indicated broad computer utilization by the respondents. Elementary counselors used computers for record keeping, printing projects, bibliotherapy, and calendar events. Middle or junior high school counselors employed computers for career information, limited remedial work, daily attendance, and calendar events, while high school counselors use computers for career awareness and gathering information on post-high school degree programs. Counselors at all grade levels used computers for word processing. Other uses of the computer included documenting counseling sessions and maintaining various records, such as grades and daily attendance. Although most counselors expressed optimism concerning computer utilization, many expressed concern about the need for more in-service training. Participant remarks suggest that counselors will continue to broaden their computer use as time and resources allow. Appendices contain a survey sample, software information, and statistical summaries. Contains five references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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