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Benefits Associated with Implementing a Comprehensive Guidance Program



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School Counseling Research Brief 1 1 January 15 2003 National Center for School Counseling Outcome Research What Are the Expected Benefits Associated with Implementing a Comprehensive Guidance Program Lapan R T Gysbers N C and Sun Y 1997 The impact of more fully implemented guidance programs on the school experiences of High School students A statewide evaluation study Journal of Counseling and Development 75 292 302 The Comprehensive Guidance Program model was originally developed in the 1970s by Norm Gysbers This model sees guidance as an organized developmental education program rather than as an ancillary set of student services Many State Departments of Educations have adopted this model and many school districts have implemented this model Relatively few studies of how implementing a comprehensive guidance program affects student outcomes have been undertaken Establishing the benefits to students that can be expected to result from a district s implementation of a comprehensive guidance program is an important question Why should a school district invest time and expense without knowledge of the benefits to students The Lapan Gysbers and Sun 1997 article is an evaluation of impact of comprehensive developmental guidance implementation on student outcomes The evaluation included data from a statewide group of 236 high schools is the state of Missouri Methods For the past twenty years the State of Missouri has run a school accreditation program Every school in the state is reviewed on a five year cycle The self study process associated with accreditation review includes the collection of survey data from students parents and school personnel School Counselors rate the extent to which elements associated with a comprehensive guidance program are evident in their schools Lapan Gysbers and Sun 1997 use the high school accreditation data base to develop several measures These include 1 Student Self Rating of Grades single item 2 Student Ratings of the Availability



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