Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Counseling and Human Services
acountability, comprehensive school counseling program, data, evaluation, school counseling, school counselors
School counselors’ data behaviors are critical for implementing and assessing comprehensive developmental school counseling programs (CDSCP). The purpose of this research study was to examine the factors related to practicing school counselors’ data behaviors in the context of CDSCPs. Participants (n = 151) were practicing professional school counselors within the United States of America (USA) that received their masters from a school counselor training program in the USA. The study utilized a non-experimental survey research design to examine the impact of prior training on utilizing data, school counselors’ intrapersonal characteristics related to program evaluation, and organizational characteristics (e.g., perceived administrator support) on self-reported level of data behaviors associated with implementing and assessing CDSCPs in practicing professional school counselors. The results of the hierarchical regression suggest that both prior training and school counselors’ intrapersonal characteristics related to program evaluation (i.e., as measured by the PEISA) are significant predictors of practicing school counselors’ data behaviors and explained 40% of variance of the data behaviors. However, when prior training and intrapersonal characteristics related to program evaluation were controlled for, organizational characteristics (i.e., school level, caseload, and perceived administrator support) did not significantly add to the variance accounted for in data behaviors. Implications of this research on school counselors’ practice, training, and future research were discussed, and recommendations were provided.
Friedman, Erin Nicole, "Data-informed school counseling programming: Investigating the relationship between school counselors' data behaviors and prior training, intrapersonal characteristics, and school factors" (2023). Dissertations - ALL. 1701.
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