Candidate: Lori A. PashnikDegree of: Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Title: School Counselor's Perceptions of Developmental Guidance: A Qualitative Study
Thursday , April 15, 2004 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Dr. John Geisler, Chair
A focus group methodology was used for this study to gain an in-deph understanding of elementary and middle school counselors' perceptions of developmental guidance. A total of nine credentialed school counselors were chosen to participate and placed into one of two groups. The length of the focus group interviews were 90 minutes. The interviews were unstructured and constructivist grounded theory approach was used to analyze and interpret the data. Follow-up interviews were also conducted to clarify vague or elusive data or to refine salient data.
Four major themes were identified: (1) The Demand to Justify Implementing a CG&CP, (2) CG&CPs as Related to Developmental Guidance and Relationships, (3) Managing Resistance, and (4) The Press of the School Environment. Respondents viewed CG&CPs and its developmental foundation as ultimate, yet at the same time they perceived the developmental approach to guidance as impractical and in conflict with the reality of the school environment. In summary, this study illustrated counselors' misconceptions of developmental guidance and emphasized a lack of understanding into theoretical developmental concepts. It underscored the need to enhance school counselors' training to include a knowledge base that expounds upon developmental theory.
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