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In a time of financial difficulties for schools, few counselors use accountability practices--practices which are necessary in order to justify the expense of school counseling and guidance programs. This descriptive study examines opinions of adults about school counselors. Following a review of literature concerning the role of the counselor, a survey was created and administered to 40 participants. According to the results, counselors are seen in a positive light, although certain responses indicated some areas of concern. Of those surveyed, 42 percent agreed that school counselors spend most of their time handling student scheduling while 62 percent stated that the majority of the counselor's time is spent on paperwork. Twenty-five percent of the participants indicated that they had never seen their school counselor. While this survey produced results more positive than anticipated, there is still reason for concern. Tax-paying adults still believe that school counselors spend most of their efforts on paperwork and scheduling, leaving little time for students. Until school counselors let the adults of their communities know what they are doing, and what services they provide, people will continue to record negative views of counselor services. A copy of the survey appears in an appendix. (RJM)

Descriptors: Adolescents, Children, Counseling Effectiveness, Elementary Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Workload, Public Schools, School Counseling, School Counselors, School Guidance, School Role, Secondary Schools, Social Attitudes, Student Personnel Services

Autor: Yockey, Karen S.


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