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Impact of Accountability Measures on Perceived Counselor Self-Efficacy and Student Outcomes
Allison C. Paolini
This paper focuses on the results of a study addressing the degree and frequency of American School Counseling Association (ASCA) members’ usage of deliberate practice and accountability measures and their impact on school counselor self-efficacy, as well as perceived student outcomes. Using a listserv, 23,068 ASCA members nationwide were e-mailed the School Counselor Self Assessment (SCSA) survey and 1,084 members completed the survey. Participants were of varying ethnicities, ages, work settings, and locations within the United States. Participants had different years of work experience and varying perceptions regarding the importance of using deliberate practice and accountability measures and how these variables influenced perceived levels of counselor self-efficacy and perceived levels of student academic success. Methodology, results, suggestions for future research, and implications of the findings are discussed.
Keywords: school counseling, school counselors, ASCA National Model, ASCA principles, accountability measures, deliberate practice, self-efficacy, student outcomes