Term of Award

Winter 1999

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Administration

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Committee Chair

Michael D. Richardson

Committee Member 1

Cordelia Douzenis

Committee Member 2

T. C. Chan

Committee Member 3

Fred Page

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to determine if the perceptions of public secondary school principals and counselors differed as to actual and desired involvements of secondary school counselors in appropriate and inappropriate counseling program tasks. The counseling program tasks used for this study were specified in Sharing the Vision: The National Standards for School Counseling Programs, a publication of the American School Counselor Association.

Two survey instruments were developed using the appropriate and inappropriate counseling program tasks. Section I consisted of Likert scales for responses to actual and desired involvement in each task area. Section II asked for demographic data. This section was slightly different on the counselors' and the principals' versions of the instrument. The surveys were mailed to 264 public secondary school principals in Georgia and to 650 public secondary school counselors in Georgia.

Results from this study indicated that most often principals assigned tasks to counselors. Actual involvement responses and desired involvement responses of principals and counselors to appropriate and inappropriate counseling program tasks showed significant differences in some areas. In the task areas showing significant differences between principals' and counselors' ratings of actual involvement in appropriate and inappropriate counseling program tasks, mean ratings for counselors were higher than for principals. In the areas showing significant differences between the desired involvement ratings of principals and counselors in appropriate and inappropriate counseling program tasks, mean ratings for principals were higher than counselors.

The findings from this study concluded that both secondary school principals and counselors perceived counselors to actually be involved in inappropriate counseling program tasks, as well as in appropriate counseling programs tasks. Both principals and counselors desired involvement in appropriate counseling program tasks. Conversely, the results of this study indicated that while principals desired involvement of counselors in inappropriate counseling program tasks, counselors themselves did not desire involvement in inappropriate counseling program tasks.

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