Master's Theses


Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The data for this study were collected by surveying a sample of school administrators, counselors, and teachers. The sample consisted of 175 questionnaires completed by 63 administrators, 56 counselors, and 56 teachers. The instrument was modified from one employed in a study conducted by Ibrahim, Helms, and Thompson (1983). The instrument used a four-option Likert-type scale. The instrument had 10 main components and 37 Items, which were rated by the individual completing the questionnaire. Six null hypotheses were tested. All six of the null hypotheses were rejected. For hypotheses one through five, a two-way analysis of variance was employed and 30 comparisons were made for each hypothesis. There were 20 main effects and 10 interactions for each of the five hypotheses. For hypothesis six a t-test for a single mean was employed. The following were found for null hypotheses one through five: hypothesis one, six main effects were significant and one Interaction; hypothesis two, four main effects were significant and one interaction; hypothesis three, five main effects were significant; hypothesis four, five main effects were Significant; and hypothesis five, three main effects were significant and four interactions. It was found in hypothesis six that a positive attitude was depicted toward all of the components except Research. The results of this study appeared to support the following generalizations: 1. Counselors placed more Importance on referral than administrators. 2. Administrators, counselors, and teachers from large districts placed more importance on referral than administrators, counselors, and teachers from small districts. 3. Counselors placed more Importance on parent help than administrators and teachers. 4. Counselors and administrators placed more importance on public relations than teachers. 5. Administrators, counselors, and teachers with more years of experience placed more importance on referral. 6. Counselors placed more importance on placement than teachers. 7. Older administrators, counselors, and teachers placed more importance on referral than younger administrators, counselors, and teachers. 8. Counselors and administrators placed mare Importance on public relations than teachers. 9. Females placed more importance on referral than males. 10. All counselor roles investigated except research were considered to be important.


Bill Daley

Date of Award

Spring 1987

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


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