A phenomenological study of professional school counselors’ job performance and preparedness in rural communities

dc.contributor.committeeChairCrews, Charles
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLertora, Ian
dc.contributor.committeeMemberPalmer, Dusty
dc.contributor.committeeMemberJennings, Lynn
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCasarez, Lesley
dc.creatorKelly, Tamra
dc.date.accessioned2022-01-11T21:04:30Z
dc.date.available2022-01-11T21:04:30Z
dc.date.created2021-12
dc.date.issued2021-12
dc.date.submittedDecember 2021
dc.date.updated2022-01-11T21:04:31Z
dc.description.abstractThis phenomenological study explored the lived experiences of Professional School Counselors (PSC) to fulfill the duties and roles on their assigned campus. Specific focus was given to Professional School Counselors within rural communities in Texas as defined by the Texas Education Agency. Perceptions of job performance and preparedness were explored through individual interviews placing emphasis on the stories, as told by participants, to provide a deeper connection and understanding of the phenomenon. Results of this study indicated participants experienced role conflict and role ambiguity. A developing professional identity was also expressed by study participants. In an effort to further describe their experiences in the PSC role, participants used role visualization through the use of idioms to include counselors wear many hats, counseling is gray, and trial by fire. Lastly, participants expressed a strong sense of community and pride when discussing their experiences as a PSC serving in a rural school. Implications for the school counseling profession and counselor educators and supervisors as well as recommendations for future research are discussed as a result of this study.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2346/88731
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rights.availabilityAccess is not restricted.
dc.subjectProfessional School Counselor
dc.subjectRural
dc.subjectTexas
dc.subjectTexas Model
dc.subjectPreparedness
dc.subjectPerformance
dc.subjectNon-Counseling Duties
dc.titleA phenomenological study of professional school counselors’ job performance and preparedness in rural communities
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentEducational Psychology and Leadership
thesis.degree.disciplineCounselor Education
thesis.degree.grantorTexas Tech University
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy

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