Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
The purpose of the researcher was to investigate attitudes secondary school counselors have pertaining to their role and function. The sample consisted of 95 Kansas high school counselors. The instrument was modified from one employed by Ibrahim, Helms, and Thompson (1983). The instrument used a four option Likert-type scale. The questionnaire consisted of 37 items pertaining to program development, counseling, pupil appraisal, educational and occupational planning, referral, placement, parent help, staff consulting, research, and public relations. Five composite null hypotheses were tested using a three-way analysis of variance (general linear model). The following were found for composite null hypotheses one through five: Hypothesis 1: two interactions were significant: Hypothesis 2: no main effects and no interactions were significant: Hypothesis 3: one main effect and four interactions were significant; Hypothesis 4: no main effects and no interactions were significant: and Hypothesis 5: three main effects were significant. The results of this study appeared to support the following generalizations: 1) there is an association among district size, age of the counselor, and placement ratings scores. 2) There is an association among district size, age of the counselor, and staff consulting ratings scores. 3) There is an association among district size, gender of the counselor, and referral ratings scores. 4) There is an association among district size, age of the counselor, and research ratings scores. 5) There is an association among district size, age of the counselor, gender of the counselor, and public relations scores.
Copyright 1990 Thomas M. Kearney
Kearney, Thomas M., "Secondary School Counselors : Role and Function" (1990). Master's Theses. 2225.