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ERIC Number: ED425382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 49
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Student Use of College Computer Searches - A Qualitative Comparison of Independent Usage and Usage with a School Counselor.
Bodenhorn, Nancy
As technology has developed, there has been a growing emphasis on using computer college search programs within the process of counseling students about college. This is one part of a trend in which school counselors are integrating technology into the counseling process. The questions may be asked how this technology is impacting the roles and practices of school counselors, and how effective it is for students. This qualitative study examines the task of completing a computer college search. A basic understanding of the complex search program involved is provided with a sense of the logic and pathways available. The study was conducted with 12 students and 2 counselors participating at a suburban high school. Each student completed a questionnaire about their computer experience and family background. Students were observed under two conditions: (1) "Alone," working alone on a computer; and (2) "With Counselor," working on a computer with a counselor. Results are presented and discussed under "Navigation within the Program,""Problem Solving Strategies,""Counselor/Student Interaction,""Interpretation of Selection Factors," and "Fitting into the Bigger Picture of the Process." The uses of computer college searches within counseling and the nature of the counselor's role are discussed. The demographic survey form is appended. (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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