Evaluating Guidance and Counselling Utilisation among Secondary School Teachers: Rejoinders from Selected Nigerian Schools (Published)
This research contended that Guidance and Counselling transcend provision of helping services for adolescent secondary school students but encompass delivery of such supports to their teachers. It aimed to evaluate whether the latter were utilising the Services, using five research questions. Descriptive survey design was adopted, leading to random sampling of 384 constituents of the target population. A 20 item structured questionnaire (Guidance Utilisation Evaluation Scale for Teachers-GUEST) was developed and administered as research instrument. Responses were projected based on Four Likert Scale type Format, with professionals and pilot tests respectively substantiating instrument’s validity and reliability. Data were analysed using mean scores, ensuing in the following findings: teachers supposed G and C functions as students’ services and did not utilise them; such functions were not extended to teachers as beneficiaries, but buddies; teachers merely sought practitioners’ aids for student and school developments; there were dearth of necessary teacher-support resources in school G and C units; absence of sufficient G and C functions consciousness impeded its utilisation among teachers; they were hardly motivated to seek G and C aids from their schools’ practitioners. Ultimately, expansion of the programme’s delineation was proposed for apt erudition of counsellor facilitation and counsellee/client participation.
Students’ Perceptions of the Influence of Guidance and Counselling Services on Their Academic Adjustment in Selected Secondary Schools in Keiyo Sub-County, Kenya (Published)
Guidance and counselling services in a school play a major role in school adjustment of students and the subsequent achievement of their full potential. The purpose of this study was to investigate secondary school students’ perceptions of the influence of guidance and counselling services on their academic adjustment. The study adopted a mixed approach research methodology and the ex post-facto causal comparative research design. The philosophical paradigm on which the study was based is pragmatism. The geographical locale of the study was Keiyo Sub-county. The study established that there were significant differences in students’ perceptions of the influence of guidance and counselling services on academic adjustment in secondary schools., The study recommends that since there exist significant differences in students’ perceptions of the influence of guidance and counselling services on their academic adjustment, there is need to address the challenges and shortcomings that exist in the guidance and counselling provision in the schools so that all the students are adequately assisted to make the desired academic adjustment.
Influence of Guidance and Counselling On Development of Entrepreneurial Skills among Technical College Students in Rivers State (Published)
The study investigated the Influence of information dissemination and personal-social adjustment on the development of entrepreneurial skills among technical college students in Rivers State. Two research questions guided the study. Survey research design was adopted in conducting the study. The total population for the study was 330 respondents which comprises of 88 Technical college teachers and 242 technical college students. A structured questionnaire based on four point scale was used as the data collection instrument. The questionnaire was validated by three experts from the Department of Industrial Technical Education, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumine Port Harcourt. Cronbach Alpha reliability method was used and a reliability coefficient of 0.912 value was obtained. The research questions were analyzed using mean and standard derivations to answer the research questions. Findings of the study revealed that information dissemination on business acumen will motivate technical college students’ interest toward development of entrepreneurial skills in Rivers State. Further-more counselling on personal-social adjustment will equip students for the development of entrepreneurial skills among technical college students in Rivers State. It was recommended that; A well-articulated entrepreneurship education should offer more than self-employment that will contribute to national development. Also Entrepreneurship skills can be reactivated among students at all levels of education through intensive and articulated guidance and counselling services, thereby making them psychologically ready for business venture before leaving school.
NEED FOR GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING AT THE PRIMARY SCHOOL LEVEL: EARLY INTERVENTION STRATEGIES FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN (Published)
Nigeria is a third world country with rich cultural heritage and background. At the early stages of children’s growth in the region as in other countries bank on the knowledge provided by both their respective families as well their schools. At this stage, the schools are called elementary schools which strive to enhance the adjustment of the children, and as well prepare them for secondary schools. Virtues learnt at this level are maintained and carried over to other levels of education. The importance of this school level cannot be over emphasized, hence the name, primary schools. As a result, Guidance and Counselling is of a paramount importance to address the academic, vocational, personal and social needs of the children. Through this, the kids are enabled to develop positive self-image and actualize their adjustment needs that leads them into the future. The abilities, skills and desired personalities are harnessed through effective Guidance and Counselling programmes at the primary school level. This is done to achieve the aims and objectives of primary education as stipulated in the National Policy on Education by the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is therefore recommended that all hands should be on deck to brighten the future of primary school children though the efficient and effective implementation of Guidance and Counselling at the said level.
INSTITUTIONALIZING GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING-A PANACEA FOR MANAGING STUDENT DISCIPLINE IN KENYAN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE POST-CANING ERA. (Published)
In Kenya, as it is elsewhere in the world, corporal punishment has been banned as a disciplinary mechanism in schools. The Ministry of Education through a circular came up with strategies that would suitably replace corporal punishment which among others included the strengthening of Guidance and Counselling services in all educational institutions. This study investigated the extent to which teachers, students and parents agreed or disagreed that the institutionalization of guidance and counseling will assist in the management of discipline in schools. The research design adopted was survey and the study was conducted in Nakuru District in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. All the teachers, learners and parents of all the public secondary schools in Nakuru District formed the population of the study. The study employed stratified random sampling, simple random sampling and convenient sampling techniques. Data was collected by use of questionnaires and were analysed both qualitatively and quantitatively.