ERIC Number: ED478686
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Guidance and Advisement: Influences on Students' Motivation and Course-Taking Choices.
Dunham, Catherine; Frome, Pamela
The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is currently implementing two comprehensive school reform initiatives, Making Middle Grades Work (MMGW) and Making Schools Work (MSW). The purpose of both initiatives is to raise student achievement, and they both rest on the belief that all students can complete a rigorous program of studies at middle grades and high school levels that will improve their postsecondary educational and career opportunities. MSW and MMGW involve a framework of key practices for schools to use to accelerate student achievement. Among these key practices is the need for schools to provide effective guidance and advisement for all students with the intent that teachers, principals, and parents will communicate high expectations for all students. This paper covers two components of guidance and advisement: the communication of high expectations through goal setting and planning, and encouragement from school staff to do well in school. The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between the actions of school staff, such as encouragement and guidance, and the academic choices that students make. This paper studies two practices that school staff can follow to influence the academic choices that students make: (1) the extent to which guidance counselors and teachers provide assistance to students in planning their high school program and (2) the extent to which guidance counselors and teachers encourage students regarding their academic achievement. Two appendixes present study data. (Contains 46 references, 6 tables, and 2 figures.) (GCP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comprehensive School Reform, Counselor Role, Course Selection (Students), Educational Counseling, Educational Objectives, Expectation, Guidance Programs, Middle Schools, Outcomes of Education, School Effectiveness, Teacher Role
For full text: http://www.sreb.org/programs/MiddleGrades/publications/reports/Guidance_Research_Brief_4-30-021.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.; Research Triangle Inst., Research Triangle Park, NC. Center for Research in Education.