The Urban School Reform Opera: The Obstructions to Transforming School Counseling Practices
Over the past 20 years, there have been numerous calls to reform the practices of school counselors. Some have situated these calls for school counseling reform within the context of urban schooling. This study examined the practices of school counselors in one urban school district, and how those practices aligned with the school district’s vision of ideal school counselor practices. Using Q methodology, 79 school counselors and 1 director of guidance sorted the 43 American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) standards for school counselor performance. Results indicate dissonance between the ideal practice as construed by the district and director of guidance and the practices of current school counselors. Finally, the factors that foster or inhibit congruence between ideal and reality are explored.
Education and Urban Society
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Militello, & Janson, C. (2014). The Urban School Reform Opera: The Obstructions to Transforming School Counseling Practices. Education and Urban Society, 46(7), 743–772. https://doi.org/10.1177/0013124512468007