ERIC Number: ED457470
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Perceptions of School Counselor's Role and Satisfaction by Newly Hired Counselors and Principals in Eastern North Carolina.
Schmidt, John J.; Weaver, Florence S.; Aldredge, Anna L.
An examination was made of how newly hired counselors in eastern North Carolina were functioning in schools. An attempt was also made to determine the counselors' level of satisfaction with these roles. School principals of participating counselors completed surveys to ascertain the degree to which their perceptions agreed with that of their counselors. A total of 45 counselors and 30 principals completed the surveys. A majority (62%) of the counselors agreed that they were prepared for their positions. However, almost a third indicated that they were not prepared for what the schools expected of them. The findings indicated some differences between the perceptions of counselors and principals regarding certain responsibilities, roles, and functions. They also had different perceptions of the amount of time counselors spend in direct services. Overall, a majority of principals and counselors agreed on the need for comprehensive programs but noted that other demands take counselors away from their primary function. The general level of job satisfaction for the school counselor was a serious concern and suggestions are offered to help solve this problem. Counselors indicated that they received little or no mentoring from other school counselors and thought such a service would be helpful. (Contains 10 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: East Carolina Univ., Greenville, NC. School of Education.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina