Publication Date

2017

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Fisher, Teresa A.

Degree Name

Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Department

Counseling, Adult and Higher Education

LCSH

Educational counseling||Education

Abstract

The study employed a grounded theory approach to explore the evolving professional identity of novice school counselors. Participants, who are currently employed as school counselors at the elementary, middle, or high school level with 1- 4 years' experience, were career changers from other helping professions and graduates from an intensive school counselors' certificate program (SCCP). The findings, have provided a proposed theoretical framework of career transition and professional identity development for school counselors, which is comprised of major themes and categories from the study. The theoretical model consists of two major sections, a transitional piece in the dimensions of career change for school counselors, and the professional identity piece in the personal definitions of school counseling, and the supports and challenges to professional identity. Dimensions of career change contains components that are instrumental to the transition process and foundational to school counselors developing professional identity. Attraction to school counseling, one of the main components, emphasizes the reason participants' chose professional school counseling as a transitional career and provides a base from which all other elements within the unit develop. Participants' personal definition of professional identity reveals a new meaning-making of school counselor professional identity as roles performed, intentional student relationships and engagement, and wealth of knowledge linked to experience and maturation in the profession.

Comments

Advisors: Teresa A. Fisher.||Committee members: Charles E. Myers; Scott Wickman.||Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

xi, 210 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

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Text

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