Date of Award

5-11-2018

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EDD)

Degree Program

Education Leadership

Department

College of Education

First Advisor

Kelly Burlison

Second Advisor

Melissa Garcia

Third Advisor

Jennifer Lesh

Abstract

Professional school counselors design and deliver comprehensive school counseling programs that promote student achievement (ASCA, n.d.). A school counseling department supports the visions and missions of the school and consist of individuals who advocate for all students (ASCA, 2017). A comprehensive school counseling program is an integral component of all schools. (ASCA, n.d.). A professional school counselor addresses academic, career, and social/emotional development of students because their role helps bridge these gaps (Morgan, Greenwaldt, & Gooselin, 2015).

The purpose of this mixed-method study is to examine the professional school counselor’s perceptions of their role and purpose in a school setting when facilitating classroom guidance. The researchers collected the data through an online survey containing questions regarding the amount of time spent facilitating one-on-one counseling, small group, classroom guidance, as well as whether school counselors feel a classroom guidance program aids in the betterment of the students. The questions, which were evaluated in this study are: “How does a classroom guidance curriculum improve the role of professional school counselors?” and “What is necessary to integrate an effective classroom guidance curriculum in a high school setting?”

The results indicated there is a need for a classroom guidance lesson plans to support the professional school counselor’s role and purpose in a high school setting. It was clear from the participant’s responses that their time as a professional school counselor is limited; therefore, the need for access to classroom guidance lessons plans would be beneficial. Due to this finding, the researchers have created a website for processional school counselors to access lesson plans in the areas of academic, career, and social/emotional with ease.

It is recommended to send the link of the website to all professional school counselors who were asked to complete the survey. Another recommendation is to send out a follow up survey to the same group of professional school counselors asking if they felt the website is useful.

Comments

The researchers created comprehensive classroom guidance lesson plans and a website for professional school counselors. This tool can be accessed when facilitating classroom guidance to help professional school counselors reach more students at one time. The website is called, Got Guidance?https://gotguidance.wixsite.com/schoolcounseling

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