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First Advisor

Schmidt, Wesley I.||Roesch, Winston L. (Winston Leigh), 1911-1992

Degree Name

M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Legacy Department

School of Education


Student counselors--Training of


The Purpose of the Paper: The purpose of the paper was to survey the graduates of Northern Illinois University who received master's degrees in the area of guidance during the first ten years of the guidance program at NIU. The survey was intended to be an extension of a similar study done in 1961 by Mr. Donald C. Iverson on the graduates during the first five years of the program. Procedure: A five-page, three-part questionnaire was prepared and sent to alt those who were listed as guidance graduates in the office of the Graduate School at NIU. The questionnaire contained all except three of the questions of the original Iverson questionnaire, and, in addition, questions that were found to be common to or of value in questionnaires prepared for similar studies at other universities. Of the 165 guidance graduates, 30 could not be reached because of insufficient addresses and 15 did not reply to any of the three mailings. The 120 replies represent 72.7% of the total number of guidance graduates or 88.8% of those who could be reached by mail. Results of the Survey; Personal Information; The survey showed that the majority of the guidance graduates are between the ages of 30 and 35, with the number of men almost doubling that of women. Twenty-eight percent did their undergraduate work at NIU; social science and physical education were the two most popular undergraduate majors. The average length of time to complete the master’s degree was 3.28 years with a wait of 4.77 years between the undergraduate degree and the beginning work on a master's. Only 32.5% of the graduates are in full-time guidance work, and 22.2% are In guidance part-time (averaging 42% of their time in guidance). Almost half of the graduates (45.3%) stated they are not in guidance work at all, most of them listing their occupation as teachers. More than half of the graduates who were working in a school situation were employed by a high school aid almost one-fourth more by a junior high. All those who were not In guidance work stated that they felt their guidance training helped them In their present work. Results of the Survey: Duties of the Counselor: Two pages of the questionnaire consisted of a check list of thirty-two duties of the counselor. His most regular duties are educational and vocational counseling, orientation work, and test administration and interpretation. The thirty-two duties are recorded numerically, showing the number of graduates who do each regularly, occasionally, seldom, or never. Results of the Survey: Evaluation of the Program: One page of the questionnaire consisted of five open-end questions designed to let the graduate evaluate the guidance program at NIU. They asked what courses or areas of study the graduate found strongest, adequate, and inadequate; what courses should be added to the curriculum; and what suggestions the graduate had for the guidance program at NlU. The survey showed that they felt the greatest need was for a more practical approach for the program. They expressed a desire for more clinical-type work, lab work, in-service training, or Internship, all under Hus supervision of an experienced counselor. The graduates thought the program should have more work In psychology and counseling and also that the teacher was the greatest determining factor in the quality of a course. The Appendices: Two of the appendices of the paper are lists of all guidance graduates from NIU during the first ten years of the program; one is an alphabetical listing and the other a listing according to graduation dates. They include the graduates' graduation addresses and 1965 addresses.


Includes bibliographical references.


xi, 87 pages




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