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Title:A Study of Selected Perceptions of the Career Education Tasks of Elementary School Counselors
Author(s):French, Winifred Watson
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Vocational
Abstract:Historical studies indicate that elementary school counselors should provide vocational/career information as do their secondary counterparts. Also teachers, students, parents, business, and community organizations need to have access to career education to acquire knowledge and skills necessary for success in today's job market. The elementary school counselor, with additional skills, can offer these services. The support and cooperation of the principal is vital to the success of a career guidance program. The principal is responsible for program development, supervision of staff, instruction, and setting the tone for an academic environment. Also, in the Chicago Public Schools, guidance coordinators provide technical assistance to the counselors within the principals' instructional framework.
The purpose of this study was twofold: to ascertain the importance various school personnel place on the career education tasks performed by elementary school counselors, and to assess the amount of time counselors reported spent performing these tasks. A Q-sort technique was developed and administered to 72 principals, 43 elementary school counselors, and 14 guidance coordinators.
Four major research questions were formulated to address the issue: (1) In general, how do principals, guidance coordinators, and elementary school counselors rank the importance of the career education tasks performed by elementary school counselors? (2) To what extent do principals, guidance coordinators, and elemenatry school counselors differ in their perceptions of the importance of the career education functions? (3) To what extent are members within each group similar in their perceptions of the importance of these functions? (4) What is the relationship between the time reported spent on a group of functions and the counselor's perception of its importance?
The responses were analyzed by using various statisticaltreatments: computations of means (X) and standard deviations.(' )(SD), one way analysis of variance (ANOVA), Scheffe techniqueand Spearman rank order correlation coefficient (r(,s)) to determine statistical differences as hypothesized by the investigator.
Based on the results of the study, it appeared that there was a great deal of agreement between the three groups of respondents. Also, the counselor's perceptions of a function were not positively related to the time spent on that function.
Issue Date:1982
Description:168 p.
Thesis (Educat.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1982.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8218469
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1982

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