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Title:The Puerto Rican School Counselor: Profile, Ideal and Actual Role
Author(s):Graniela, Aurora
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Copeland, Elaine,
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Guidance and Counseling
Abstract:Objective and comprehensive research on school counseling, and specifically, on the counselor role in Latin America is scarce. The purpose of this study was to survey: (a) personal and educational characteristics of the counselors working in the public schools of Puerto Rico, (b) the ideal and the actual role performance of these professionals, and (c) school counselors' recommendations for graduate programs preparing school counselors.
The research instruments were a Data Blank (DB) and a Counselor Role Questionnaire (CRQ). Almost 29% of the total number of counselors employed in Puerto Rico's public school system responded to this investigation. Descriptive statistics were used to meet its goals. It was found that at the time of the study the majority of counselors were women, 53.6% between 41 and 60 years old and they were rather experienced in both teaching and counseling. These counselors usually worked in urban schools and were assigned around 800 students.
Puerto Rican school counselors spent the largest portion of their time performing the functions they thought they should perform. The factors that affected the counselors' ideal role performance were: lack of materials and resources, lack of physical facilities for guidance and counseling activities and the inflexibility of the school program.
Puerto Rican students' perceptions of the guidance program services as well as their counselor role perceptions are other areas that deserve the attention of researchers.
Issue Date:1987
Description:159 p.
Thesis (Ed.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1987.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8803052
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1987

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