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ERIC Number: EJ896443
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Why Guidance Counseling Needs to Change
Johnson, Jean; Rochkind, Jon; Ott, Amber
Educational Leadership, v67 n7 p74-79 Apr 2010
Looking back on their high school experiences, young adults give the guidance counseling system "stunningly poor reviews," write the authors of this article. Using data from recent surveys of young people conducted by Public Agenda, the article describes a guidance system in which one-half of all students believe their guidance counselor sees them as "just another face in the crowd." Other research shows that high school guidance counselors carry heavy student loads and are expected to perform a wide range of other duties. The authors suggest that as a first step, schools improve student-counselor ratios, relieve counselors of other duties, and improve counselors' preparation and training. More important, they suggest that "the time has come to ask broader, more basic questions about how schools help students plan for their future and what roles counselors, teachers, and others should play in that enterprise." (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A