Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

1974

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Counseling and Human Development

Abstract

The following two primary purposes of the study were established: 1. To assess the attitudes of South Dakota school board members toward school guidance programs. 2. To assess the school board members attitudes toward guidance as identified through the variance of sex, size of school district, occupation, level of education attained, length of service on the school board, parent of school age children, employment of a certified counselor, and counselor assignment. Eight null hypotheses were generated for this study. The hypotheses were: 1. There are no differences in the attitude£ of male and female school board members toward guidance programs. 2. There are no differences in the attitudes of school board members toward guidance programs on the basis of size of school district. 3. There are no differences in the attitudes of school board members toward guidance programs on the basis of occupation. 4. There are no differences in the attitudes of school board members toward guidance programs on the basis of level of education attained. 5. There are no differences in the attitudes of school board members toward guidance programs on the basis of length of service on the school board. 6. There are no differences in the attitudes toward guidance programs of school board members who are parents of school age children and school board members without school age children. 7. There are no differences in the attitudes of school board members toward guidance programs on the basis of employment of a certified counselor. 8. There are no differences in the attitudes of school board members toward guidance programs on the basis of counselor assignment. A review of the literature reveals that virtually no studies have been conducted concerning the attitudes of school board members toward guidance programs. Therefore, it was felt that this study was necessary since the school boards set the policies, and have a great responsibility in seeing that the goals of education are met Saysette writing as a school board member says, "Counseling and guidance of students is probably the most important function of the public school system today." It is hoped that knowledge of the school boards' perception of guidance programs will make possible the development of a program which will reduce the gap between the board's and the counselor's expectations of the guidance program. A program of guidance services will flourish only when the school boards and the administration recognize and support its objectives and activities.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

School boards -- South Dakota

Educational counseling

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

84

Publisher

South Dakota State University

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