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The importance of counsellor functions as perceived by school-related groups in West Vancouver Grant, Kathleen Patricia


A counsellor task check list comprised of 168 tasks described in behavioral terms, was completed by 15/18 counsellors in West Vancouver. It, along with 11 statements which pertained to recommendations from the British Columbia Ministry of Education's 1980 Task Force report on counselling, provided the information necessary to design a survey instrument using a five point Likert scale. Its purpose was to support the thesis that although school-related groups: students, parents, teachers, counsellors, and administrators; would differ in their perceptions of the importance of counsellor functions, there would be some which would be rated high in importance among all five groups. A random sample of students in Grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 (n=360), and parents with children in Kindergarten to Grade 12 (n=360), as well as all the teachers (n=256), counsellors (n=15), and administrators (n=33) were surveyed. Return rates varied among the groups from a low of 17.9% for the parents to 54.5% for the administrators. Results obtained supported the thesis at both the elementary and secondary levels. Hierarchical lists for both levels ranked the items by average scores in order to illustrate the importance the groups as a whole placed on each task. Recommendations were then made to assist counsellors in the process of drafting and articulating a role and job description for themselves.

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