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ERIC Number: ED517900
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 238
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1241-3155-9
A Phenomenological Exploration of School Counselors' Conceptualization and Implementation of Multicultural Competence
Knight, Jasmine
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Old Dominion University
School counselors need multicultural competence to implement comprehensive school counseling programs that promote the academic achievement of all students. Prior research demonstrates that school counselors have reported high levels of multicultural competence. However, there is no evidence that this self-perceived competence translates into practice. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore the lived experiences of how practicing professional school counselors conceptualize multicultural competence and how they implement it into their work. To explore this topic, 12 practicing school counselors from a southeastern, urban school district participated in individual interviews, focus groups, and documents reviews. A research team analyzed the data for themes and patterns, and findings were subjected to verification procedures. Three categories emerged: conceptualization of multicultural competence, implementation of multicultural competence, and improvements and incongruencies. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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