Perspectives of high school counselors about their work with Georgia’s Career Pathway System and the impact on counseling decisions and practices
Woodard, James Richard
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The purpose of this study was to examine the perspectives of high school counselors about their work with Georgia’s Career Pathway System. The study was also designed to identify how high school’s counselor’s work with career pathways impacted counseling decisions. Given the primary purpose, the study sought to determine if counselors valued the implementation of Georgia’s Career Pathway System from a career development and student achievement perspective. A qualitative research design using a case study framework was used. The study included four high school counselors with five or more years of experience and who were highly involved in the implementation of Georgia’s Career Pathway System. Data were collected through a semi-structured interview process and during one-on-one tours of the building where the counselors showed artifacts and evidence of Georgia’s Career Pathway System within their buildings. Data were analyzed using the constant comparative method, and three themes emerged. The three themes are 1) school counselors value relationships and partnerships that foster the successful implementation of career pathways; 2) school counselors embrace new practices to positively impact students' decisions about career pathways; and 3) developing a school culture conducive to implementing career pathways successfully requires consistent communication. From the findings and the themes, recommendations and implications were identified for state policymakers, school officials, high school counselors, and researchers.
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