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School counselor accountability practices: A national study
by Topdemir, Cindy M., Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2010, 154; 3432669
Abstract (Summary)

This study focused on school counselor accountability practices. The role of the school counselor is changing and the need to be more accountable is now here. This study attempted to answer several critical questions regarding school counselor accountability. It examined the degree to which school counselors use accountability measures, to what extent they believed certain accountability practices were deemed helpful to their school counseling program, and what they believed their barriers were. Accountability is a “hot” topic in present school counseling literature; but little research has been done up to this point investigating these issues related to school counselor accountability nor school counselors’ perceptions and beliefs about them. This study attempted to delve into those perceptions and beliefs.

Participants were members of state school counseling associations from across the United States. Three hundred seventy-five school counselors participated. Of those, 70.2% were currently using accountability practices. A total of 47.4% of the participants report presently being required to implement accountability practices. The most frequently reported barrier to accountability practices was that it was “too time consuming.” The most frequently reported type of assistance desired from professional organizations or university programs was training. Support was reported most frequently as the type of assistance desired from school systems. Results from other analyses are also included. Limitations, implications, and suggestions for further research are provided.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Osborn, Debra
Commitee: Chen, Yi-hsin, Exum, Herbert, Kiefer, Sarah
School: University of South Florida
Department: Psychological and Social Foundations
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 72/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education Policy, School counseling
Keywords: Accountability practices, School counseling, School counselor, School counselor accountability, School counselor accountability measures, School counselor accountability practices
Publication Number: 3432669
ISBN: 978-1-124-37475-8
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