Date of Award

2017

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

First Advisor

Sydney Brown

Abstract

School counselors play an integral role in school reform. School counselor leadership is key to academic, personal/social, and career readiness of all students in a school. This nonexperimental, quantitative study explored the following research questions: (1) What is the relationship between school counselors’ primary leadership orientation and specific demographic factors (current grade level served, total number of years as a counselor, and prior teaching experience); (2) What is the relationship between school counselors’ primary leadership orientation and actual and perceived job responsibilities; and (3) What is the relationship between school counselors’ primary leadership orientation and school counselors’ professional development preferences? The study’s questionnaire was based on an instrument created by the researcher to collect demographic information. The study also utilized Bolman’s Leadership Orientations Questionnaire (2010), Scarborough’s (2005) School Counselor Activity Rating Scale. A two-item multiple choice survey specifically related to the professional development preferences of counselors in the district was created by the researcher. Descriptive statistics was used to define demographics of the sample population. The sample population was comprised of counselors in the Appleton County School District. In an effort to answer the research questions, descriptive statistics was used to provide a summary of participants and to identify the primary leadership orientation. Chi-square and Kruskal-Wallis tests were used to answer the research questions. Due to the available sample size of 37, a nonparametric was used to justify the smaller sample. Data analysis found that there was no statistical significance between the independent variable (primary leadership orientation) and the dependent variables identified in the research questions.

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