ERIC Number: EJ718897
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Reference Count: 21
Scottish Secondary School Teachers' Attitudes Towards, and Conceptualisations Of, Counselling
Cooper, Mick; Hough, Mike; Loynd, Claire
British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, v33 n2 p199-211 May 2005
This paper presents the findings of two independent questionnaire studies that examined Scottish secondary school teachers' attitudes towards, and conceptualisation of, school counselling. Seventy-one teachers in a first study, and 33 teachers in a second study, responded to a range of qualitative and quantitative response-format questions that were designed to elicit their feelings and attitudes towards school counselling, and their notions of what counselling was. Results from the two studies confirm previous findings in this area, suggesting that teachers are generally positive in their attitudes towards counselling; valuing, in particular, the independence and expertise of the counsellor. A small minority of teachers, however, were found to hold strongly negative views towards counselling. Teachers also expressed concerns that students might abuse the counselling service, and that the service might not fully integrate with existing guidance arrangements provided by teachers in schools. The study also found that a high proportion of teachers conceptualised counselling in terms of advice-giving.
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Questionnaires, Foreign Countries, School Counseling, School Counselors, Counselor Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)