The purpose of this study was to develop an instrument that measures high school student perceptions of school counseling services. By inviting students to evaluate direct school counseling services, the School Counseling Program Report Card - Student Version assists high school counselors in taking a data-driven approach for demonstrating accountability of their comprehensive school counseling programs. A rationale supporting the current need for the School Counseling Program Report Card and details of the 10-step research process used for developing the instrument are provided. Results of an exploratory factor analysis (EFA) yielded a 22-item instrument with three subscales that mirror the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) student development domains (i.e., academic, career, and personal/social). Psychometric properties of the instrument exhibited a Cronbach's alpha reliability coefficient of (α = .95) for the global scale and a reliability range of .89-.91 for the three subscales. Initial convergent validity was demonstrated through positive correlations between the instrument and other scales measuring similar constructs. Limitations, directions for future research, and implications for counselor education and school counseling are discussed.
|Advisor:||Clemens, Elysia V.|
|Commitee:||Black, Linda L., Helm, Heather M., Lalonde, Trent L.|
|School:||University of Northern Colorado|
|Department:||Applied Psychology & Counselor Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Colorado|
|Source:||DAI-A 75/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational evaluation, Education, School counseling|
|Keywords:||Asca national model, Counselor education, Exploratory factor analysis (efa), Instrument development, Program evaluation, School counseling|
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