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Connecting Counselor Preparation Programs With Student Achievement
Susan R. Rose, Pedro R. Portes, and Daya S. Sandhu
The counselor preparation program seems to be the best place to begin this influence on the counselor‟s ability to develop these skills. Appropriate counselor preparation will help provide necessary training for all counselors to work better with students placed at risk, allowing them to benefit from current educational reforms. Hence, the primary purpose of this study was to explore the knowledge and attitudes of practicing counselors regarding their counselor preparation programs in relation to being able to address the needs of all students and, thus, assist in closing the achievement gaps. A survey was used to explore the knowledge and attitudes of practicing counselors regarding their counselor preparation programs in relation to being able to play a significant role in student achievement. The study examined the knowledge base that schools counselors have in relation to the school setting, population, and other factors involved with the achievement gap. The survey continued to probe counselors‟ attitudes and beliefs about the counselor role. Responses to the survey were analyzed quantitatively through descriptive methods as well as qualitatively through review of individual comments.