Committee Chair

DeVivo, Paul

Committee Member

Fowler, Rodney; Davis, Lloyd


Dept. of Education


College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)


The purpose of this study was to determine if a consensus exists among elementary and middle school counselors and teachers regarding the ideal and actual role of the counselor.The sample of this study was designed to include all the elementary and middle school counselors and a sample population of teachers in Hamilton County, Tennessee. The sample size included twenty-eight(seventy percent) of the forty counselors and one hundred and fifty-nine(sixteen percent) of the teachers in Hamilton County.This study was essentially a survey of counselors' and teachers'perceptions of the elementary /middle school counselor's role. The survey instrument in this study was a questionnaire which included thirteen items to be rated on a seven point Likert-type scale. Counselors and teachers indicated the amount of time to be spent on the thirteen counselor responsibilities.A Mann-Whitney statistical test was used to determine if significant differences existed between teachers' and counselors'perceptions of the ideal and actual role of the counselor. The mean and median score was calculated for each responsibility and was then ranked.Interpretation of data indicated a general consensus between counselors' ideal and actual roles and teachers' perceptions of the counselor's role. Counselors and teachers indicated that classroom guidance and individual and group counseling should consume most of the counselor's time, while coordination of student records, coordination of student testing, and organizational activities should occupy the least amount of the counselor's time.


In the course of my thesis research, a number of scholars have assisted me. In particular, I am grateful for the consultation and criticism from Dr. Paul DeVivo, Dr. Rodney Fowler, and Dr. Lloyd Davis who served as members of my committee. Their direction and expertise assisted me in successfully completing this research. I also thank Dr. Phoebie Vance for her contributions at the committee meeting for the defense of this thesis.


M. Ed.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Education.




Elementary school counselors; Student counselors--Tennessee--Hamilton County; Vocational evaluation


Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Document Type

Masters theses




vi, 83 leaves



Call Number

LB2369.2 .L4 1992