ERIC Number: EJ1067772
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Trusting Each Other: Student-Counselor Relationships in Diverse High Schools
Holland, Megan M.
Sociology of Education, v88 n3 p244-262 Jul 2015
Many minority, first-generation, and low-income students aspire to college; however, the college application process can present a significant obstacle. These students cannot always rely on their parents for college information and must instead turn to their high schools, where counselors are in a key position. Drawing on a two-year field study at two racially and socioeconomically diverse high schools and interviews with 89 students and 22 school counseling faculty and staff, I examine the role of trust in creating successful student-counselor relationships that can facilitate the transmission of social capital during the college application process. My findings indicate that distrust between counselors and students is due to a lack of shared understanding regarding expectations and roles. My evidence suggests that the diverse nature of the school context created structural constraints that contributed to this distrust. By analyzing the strategies of one counselor who succeeded in connecting with students and working through these structures, I demonstrate ways that trusting relationships can be formed.
Descriptors: High School Students, School Counselors, Trust (Psychology), Counselor Client Relationship, Social Capital, First Generation College Students, Role, College Applicants, Expectation, Student Attitudes, Low Income, Minority Group Students, College Attendance, Counselor Attitudes, Counselor Role, Academic Aspiration, Observation, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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