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ERIC Number: ED430770
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Counselors and Principals, a Team Effort: Small/Rural Schools in Texas.
Wilmore, Elaine L.
Principals from small and rural elementary, middle, and high schools in Texas participated in a 3-year study of the role of the school counselor and the extent of collaborative efforts between counselors and principals. Principals reported a strong dependence on the assistance their counselors provided, often crediting them with assuming the duties of an assistant principal. Most counselors were responsible for the school's testing program and for coordinating student services with community agencies. Counselors were reported as being good listeners; giving good guidance; and being positive and supportive to students, teachers, families, and principals. Counselors provided a thermometer of campus morale in a nonthreatening manner. Principals expressed regret concerning activities that diverted counselors from individual student counseling, such as extra administrative duties, testing, student college preparatory work, and paperwork. When asked about expanding counselors' role, most principals felt their counselors were overextended as it was. Most principals without counselors reported that they assumed the counselor role, and all felt their schools suffered for the deficit. Conclusions from the study were that counselors were in high demand; they assisted principals with many noncounseling duties; and if noncounseling activities were eliminated or redirected to other staff, counselors would have more time for student counseling, which would lead to greater job satisfaction and student productivity. Due to financial constraints, the prognosis is not good for additional help for either principals or counselors; therefore, fostering and developing the relationship between them is critical. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas