Pre-Service Teacher Perceptions of School Counsellor Responsibilites

  • Rhonda M. Joy Assistant Professor Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Jackie Hesson Assistant Professor Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Gregory Harris Associate Professor Memorial University
Keywords: pre-service teachers, perceptions, school counsellor, responsibilities

Abstract

Teachers have tremendous impact on school counselling service utilization in terms of teacher-counsellor consultation and student referral. Thus, ensuring that teachers understand the roles and responsibilities of school counsellors is critical. As teachers’ understanding of the school counselling role can be impacted during preservice teacher training and little has been published on preservice teachers’ views of school counselling, the authors of the current study opted to explore preservice teachers’ perceptions of school counsellor responsibilities. Ninety preservice teachers from Newfoundland and Labrador completed the survey. Results suggested that although preservice teachers appear to have a moderate degree of knowledge regarding a subset of school counsellor responsibilities, more effort is needed to systematically inform preservice teachers about the responsibilities of the school counsellor role. Implications for training and for school counsellor practice are discussed.

Author Biographies

Rhonda M. Joy, Assistant Professor Memorial University of Newfoundland
Rhonda Joy is assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland
Jackie Hesson, Assistant Professor Memorial University of Newfoundland
Jackie Hesson is assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland
Gregory Harris, Associate Professor Memorial University
Greg Harris is associate professor in Faculty of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland
Published
2011-09-14
How to Cite
Joy, R. M., Hesson, J., & Harris, G. (2011). Pre-Service Teacher Perceptions of School Counsellor Responsibilites. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 45(4). Retrieved from https://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/article/view/59852
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