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ERIC Number: ED548012
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 268
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2674-8284-6
The Role of Hope as Perceived by High School Counselors
Joa, Kany
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Seattle University
This qualitative-exploratory research study seeks to understand the following research question: How is hope generated in students from the perceptions of school counselors? Data were collected from a convenience sample of five high school counselors from two public and two private schools. This study focused on the existential phenomenological perspective to study the phenomenon of hope through school counselors' lived experience about students' hopeful and hopeless world. Data were collected from in-depth interviews and written documents. Using grounded theory method of analysis, three major themes were found: (a) communication, (b) interactions, and (c) connection. Three dominant categories were identified under the communication theme: (a) listening, (b) observing, and (c) discussing. Moreover, three dominant categories were identified under the interactions theme: (a) practicing, (b) reflecting, and (c) planning. Finally, three dominant categories were identified under the connection theme: (a) sharing, (b) feeling, and (c) grasping/recreating. Participants' stories reflected that effective communication, genuine interactions, and real-life connection were needed for students to generate and keep hope alive in their academic world. This study suggests that hope can be generated in students when students are willing to listen to new information, observe hopeful behaviors and positive events, and discuss or talk about their emotions and dreams. Moreover, results suggest that hope can be kept alive through ongoing interactions where students practice hopeful attitudes and behaviors, reflect on past experiences, learn from the past negative and positive events, and develop plans for themselves. Findings also suggest that hope can be maintained when students find connections between their inner and outer world. Finally, findings suggest that for students to generate new hope and continue to be hopeful in their lives, they need to have the interest and opportunity to share their own stories with someone, the feeling of ongoing support, and the sense of control where they believe they have the ability to recreate their own meanings toward their academic world. [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: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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