Date of Award

Spring 2010

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Program/Concentration

Counseling

Committee Director

Tim Grothaus

Committee Member

Danica G. Hays

Committee Member

Tammi Milliken

Committee Member

Vivian McCollum

Abstract

School counselors need multicultural competence to implement comprehensive school counseling programs that promote the academic achievement of all students. Prior research demonstrates that school counselors have reported high levels of multicultural competence. However, there is no evidence that this self-perceived competence translates into practice. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore the lived experiences of how practicing professional school counselors conceptualize multicultural competence and how they implement it into their work. To explore this topic, 12 practicing school counselors from a southeastern, urban school district participated in individual interviews, focus groups, and documents reviews. A research team analyzed the data for themes and patterns, and findings were subjected to verification procedures. Three categories emerged: conceptualization of multicultural competence, implementation of multicultural competence, and improvements and incongruencies.

DOI

10.25777/x20t-bc73

ISBN

9781124131559

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