Degree of Eleventh and Twelfth Graders' Reception of the School Educational Counselor

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Authors: 
Rasmyah Abdel Qader
Department of Psychology,An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
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Department of Psychology,An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
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This paper sought to find out the degree of the 11th and 12th graders' reception of and responsiveness to the school educational counselor in the Governorate of Qalqilya and their relationship with the variables of academic stream, average class number of family members, family income, parents' education, marital status of mother and father, type of school, religion; and age, sex experience and place of living of the counselor. To this end, the researcher developed a 62-item questionnaire and administered it on a randomly chosen sample of 382 students of both sexes. The researcher also conducted personal interviews with a random sample of students and counselors of both sexes. She also made observations of meetings between students and counselors to get first hand information about the counseling process. After data collection and processing, it was found that 72% of the subjects had sought the counselors' services. It was also found that there were statistically significant differences which might be attributed to the counselor's experience sex; parents' marital status; academic achievement of the student and academic stream.These significant differences were in favor of the 12th graders..There were also differences due to the variables of number of family members, family income, parents' education, type of school, and counselor's experience and sex.There was a preference for a female counselor by a significant number of the subjects of the study.  In the light of the study results, the researcher suggests carrying out an awareness campaign in schools and local community to educate all concerned about the important role of the educational counselor. In addition, the researcher recommends holding in-service training workshops for counselors to develop their counseling skills. She also recommends giving them external incentives to make them like their work and improve quality of their services. She also calls for regular gatherings of the school counselors to exchange experiences and skills to make their work more rewarding .Finally, the researcher suggests conducting a similar study in other Palestinian governorates and on other school grades for comparison

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