ERIC Number: ED377412
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-2
A Survey of Teacher Perceptions of School Psychologists as Consultants: A Factor Analytic Study of Evaluation in the Consultation Process.
Evaluations should be an important component in every model and exchange of the consultation process. Consultation literature includes considerable information on the importance of the inclusion of evaluation at the completion of consultation exchanges, but little emphasis is placed on evaluation and its meaning. Objectives of the study were to: (1) develop a reliable instrument to evaluate the consultation process; (2) administer the survey instrument to a sample of 116 elementary and middle school teachers; and (3) interpret teachers' perceptions descriptively and factor analytically. Descriptive interpretation of the teachers' responses on the evaluation survey revealed many interesting findings, including the need for better time management and personal communications among school psychologists and teachers during consultation. Reliability analysis on the instrument revealed a strong alpha coefficient (0.93) in its initial development, indicating promising psychometric strength. An exploratory factor analysis was also performed on the teachers' responses to the survey items. Four correlated factors emerged as a result of this analysis, and were named according to the salient loadings of items that made up each factor. Loadings on the first through fourth factors revealed an Expert Model factor, Collaborative Model factor, Personal Communications factor, and Time Management factor respectively. The survey instrument is appended. (Author/RB)
Descriptors: Communication Problems, Communication Skills, Counseling Effectiveness, Counselor Evaluation, Counselor Role, Elementary Education, Factor Analysis, Interpersonal Communication, Middle Schools, Public Schools, School Counseling, School Psychologists, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Response, Teacher Surveys, Time Management
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists (26th, Seattle, WA, March 1-5, 1994).