ERIC Number: ED411306
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Supporting a Nation of Learners: The Development of National Standards for School Counseling Programs.
Dahir, Carol; Campbell, Chari; Johnson, Laurie; Scholes, Roberta; Valiga, Michael
A study was conducted to examine the attitudes of elementary, middle/junior high, and high school counselors toward the development of national standards for school counseling programs. An effort was also made to identify the components counselors thought should be included in the national standards. Input from leaders of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) was used to develop a questionnaire that was refined and distributed to 102 participants at the ASCA annual meeting. Responses of 1,127 ASCA members provided the data. Results clearly establish that school counselors strongly and broadly wish to have national standards. They generally believe that national standards will identify a focal point for practice, articulate a professional mission, provide a center for aspiration, and drive momentum for the future of the profession. These findings can be a foundation for the development of national standards for school counseling programs, but considerable thought, exploration, and conversation will be needed to ensure that the voice of the practitioner is not lost as standards are developed. The survey is attached. (Contains 22 tables and 2 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).