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ERIC Number: EJ1119083
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 38
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1554-2998
Collaborative Relationships between Principals and School Counselors: Facilitating a Model for Developing a Working Alliance
Odegard-Koester, Melissa A.; Watkins, Paul
Journal of School Counseling, v14 n9 2016
The working relationship between principals and school counselors have received some attention in the literature, however, little empirical research exists that examines specifically the components that facilitate a collaborative working relationship between the principal and school counselor. This qualitative case study examined the unique perspective for building a leader-member relationship between the principal and school counselor. Specifically, the case study examined the experiences of the working relationship of a principal and school counselor in a rural Midwestern elementary school. Data analysis revealed that the following three shared themes emerged: "student-centered focus," "role differentiation," and "trust." From these themes and their descriptions a collaborative working relationship resulted. As a result, the principal school counselor model evolved. Implications for principals and school counselors as well as future research are presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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