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ERIC Number: ED530813
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 128
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1095-0863-5
ISSN: N/A
Patterns of School Counselor Use of Data toward Addressing the Academic Needs of Hispanic Students
Rives, Ann Guidry
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
The importance of school counselors in influencing positive change in students is well established. Far less research is available documenting school counselor use of data driven decision making to positively impact identified groups of at risk students. Hispanics represent the largest and fastest growing student population for academic underachievement as evidenced by lower standardized test scores, higher dropout rates, and lower likelihood of obtaining a college degree. From a social justice theory perspective, the purpose of this study was to describe patterns of school counselor use of data to inform decision making relative to the Hispanic student population. The exploratory correlation design included survey data from elementary, middle, and high school counselors in a large metropolitan public school district in the southeast. These data were used to examine patterns of association linking self-reported awareness of Hispanic student enrollment (AHSE) and achievement (AHSA) with self-reported collection, dissemination, and use of information. Spearman correlations revealed weak to moderate associations linking AHSE with self reports of gathering data, interpreting data, and sharing data; however, no statistically significant correlations were observed linking AHSE or AHSA with research data, establishing benchmarks from data, implementing programs, or initiatives based on data. These findings led to the conclusion that awareness of the presence and needs of Hispanic students may motivate school counselors to collect, analyze, and disseminate relevant data; however, significant opportunities for improvement remain regarding the effective use of this information. This study can contribute to positive social change by identifying specific points for improvement in data driven programming and initiatives for Hispanic student groups. [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: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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