Honors Program

Midway Honors

Date of Award

5-2014

Thesis Professor(s)

Lori Meier

Thesis Professor Department

Curriculum and Instruction

Thesis Reader(s)

Ryan Nivens, Renee Moran, Joy Wachs

Abstract

This qualitative study explored the expectations and perceptions elementary teachers have of school counselors. Participants were current or past students in an elementary education graduate program at a southeastern university. The participants responded to an open-ended online survey that consisted of questions that focused on the demographics of their schools and the expectations and perceptions they had of the school counselor’s roles and responsibilities pertaining to both academic achievement and student behavior. Although responses varied, the data suggests that there was substantial concern regarding the time and availability of the school counselor, implications of the use of counselors as school standardized testing administrators, and respondents’ desires for school counselors to focus on the severe emotional and behavioral needs of students.

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Withheld

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.